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Any child regardless of family income or enrollment can get two free meals each school day at the Des Moines public school nearest to them starting next week.
The Des Moines Public Schools district announced the offer this week, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture granted school districts the flexibility to extend free meal programs to all children. DMPS said that USDA funding could last into December.
Starting Sept. 8, the first day of school in Des Moines, free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches can be picked up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at any DMPS school, with the exception of Ruby Van Meter and the early childhood centers.
A second option is for families to pick up meals at six designated middle