Parents and guardians can now pick up meals from Anne arundel County Pubic Schools without needing children present after the state granted a waiver from existing rules.
The Maryland State Department of Education granted the county school system permission to make the change allowing parents or guardians to pick up meals without a child present.
Starting Monday, parents can go to the meal sites where the school system has offered three free meals for children between the ages of 2 to 18.
Before the waiver, adults needed to be there with their children to be able to receive meals.
Now parents or guardians can call ahead to the Division of Food and Nutrition Services to provide their name, name and ages of their children who they will pick up meals for and the meal site location.
The school system will then have a roster at meal sites for those who have been approved. The relaxed rules will end on Aug. 31.
The school system has given away more than 1 million meals to students and young children during the coronavirus pandemic. The sites offer a warm lunch, cold dinner and cold breakfast for the following day.
Many children from low-income families rely on school nutrition programs, even during the summer. Students are not required to be included in free- and reduced-meal programs to get the food.