Ascension, Livingston, West Feliciana Parish schools to provide free meals for students
The Livingston Parish and West Feliciana Parish public school districts have announced plans to offer free meals to students for the 2017-2018 school year.
According to Superintendent Rick Wentzel, all students enrolled in Livingston Parish Public Schools will be eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch for the incoming school year.
The West Feliciana Parish School District also announced it amended its policy for serving meals and will serve all students breakfast and lunch every day at no cost to them.
The school district says families no longer have to fill out income eligibility forms to prove they are eligible for free meals as part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act
Additionally, 17 Ascension Parish Schools will be offering free meals under the same provision of the HHFKA.
Livinston Parish's Director of Child Nutrition Leah Smith said students are offered a minimum of five components each day for lunch.
For the upcoming school year, 23 of the 43 schools are implementing some form of “Breakfast on the Go.” Breakfast kiosks will be located at student drop-off points providing students an opportunity to receive a “Breakfast Grab Bag.”
Parents may monitor cafeteria accounts at www.myschoolbucks.com. Smith recommended checking the Child Nutrition Department’s website, and Facebook and Twitter pages for updates regarding menus and events occurring in the cafeteria.