With kids getting ready to go back to school here at the Lake a new program available will offer nutritious breakfasts and lunches for free to all students at qualifying schools, as long as administrators do their homework by the end of August. Run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the community eligibility provision applies to schools in areas with a high concentration of kids receiving assistance, but the free meals will apply to all families, regardless of their income. Karen Wooton with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says the program will remove many obstacles.
To qualify, more than 40 percent of a school’s students must be certified to receive free and reduced lunches. The state estimates that more than 125 districts across Missouri are eligible for the program. School leaders must apply by August 31st via the department of education’s website.