Lyon County Schools’ food distribution will continue for students through the remainder of the academic year amid non-traditional instruction and into summer. And school officials are urging families to take advantage of the free meals to help keep local taxes low.

Free breakfast and lunch from this point will be distributed on Fridays only, with each child 18 and under in the county eligible to receive five days worth of food for each breakfast and lunch. Children do not have to be present for the meal to be collected.

Remaining distributions are scheduled for this Friday and May 1. Summer feeding will continue each Friday through the end of June.

Superintendent of Schools Russ Tilford said each packet of food picked up represents $32.60 in federal reimbursement to Lyon County Schools Food Services. With about 1,000 students in the district, that means more than $30,000 each week in USDA monies to fund food services for students.

The more meals picked up by families, the more federal money comes to the district. That translates to less of a burden on local taxpayers to fund food services.