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Washington School District Updating Meal Policy

Posted: Friday, October 12th, 2018 at 6:26 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

Policies are being updated by the Washington School Board, including one about meals for students. Superintendent Willie Stone says many families in the district are eligible to apply for free and reduced priced meals in accordance with state and federal laws. He explains some children currently don’t have anything in their lunch fund, and no child will be denied lunch, but they’ll be offered something that other students are also offered, “We don’t want to shame students for a problem that is most likely not theirs. The other issue is that we try to do is once they get more than five lunches in debt, we try to reach out to parents and really try to get them to sign over for trying to apply for free and reduced. Just because it honestly it helps our district the more free and reduced students we have on federal funding, the more dollars we get. So, it’s kind of a bittersweet thing because I love that people have pride and want to take care of their family, and want to [say] ‘These are my kids, I need to pay for them.’ That’s a great thing, but at the same time it could actually bring more dollars to our district if we have more students that applied.”

Stone says the district is working to provide all students free lunch, similar to the free summer lunch program. According to the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, reduced price meals are available for families of four who have an annual income less than $46,435. Contact the school district for application information.