Deadline extended to Friday for Baton Rouge school children eligible for Christmas home meals

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The deadline for families of East Baton Rouge Parish schoolchildren to sign up for special home delivery of school meals for the Christmas break has been pushed back to noon Friday, nearly a day later than the one originally set.

The parish school system delivered nearly 8,000 meals to families over the Thanksgiving break and is hoping to reach as many or more this Christmas. The meal delivery service is a special service allowed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a way of feeding hungry children amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

All of the nearly 41,000 students in the East Baton Rouge Parish school district are eligible, as well as students in other schools in the parish who already receive free meals in school. Also eligible are their younger siblings who aren’t yet school age.

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