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Many kids rely on federally funded lunches while attending school.  Michigan may have closed all of its schools until April 5th, but that doesn’t mean students aren’t still going to show up.

The Detroit Public Schools Community District on Friday announced it will continue to serve breakfast and lunch to students in 58 schools. Both meals will be served on a “grab and go” basis, meaning cafeteria workers will hand out pre-packaged meals to students outside the building, district officials say. No students will be allowed inside.

This isn’t just happening in Detroit…

WXYZ Detroit Reporting: The Michigan Department of Education has received a federal waiver that will allow children to eat meals at schools during unanticipated school closures.

The meals are available to all children at no cost. Under the waiver, they would not be required to be served in a group setting.

The waiver assists Michigan school food service staff to make sure kids receive meals during the state-wide school closures announced by Governor Gretchen Whitmer as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the waiver, there are several options available for serving meals to students. One option is to allow parents and children to pick up meals at a designated location. Another is to deliver meals to school bus stops.