Posted: Jul 28, 2014 4:08 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jul 28, 2014 4:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - School officials said a federal lunch program will allow all students at many East Baton Rouge schools to get free breakfasts and lunches this school year.
The U. S. Department of Agriculture program will give meals for no cost to all students enrolled in schools that participate in the national school lunch and breakfast program. Students who bring their own lunches can also get free milk if they also get a fruit or vegetable and another item, like a whole grain roll.
"We are excited about participating in this program that offers free nutritious meals to all students regardless of economic need," said Dr. Nadine Mann, director of the district's Child Nutrition Department. "This program allows us to focus on what is important in terms of ensuring all of our students eat fresh healthy meals, instead of concerning ourselves with who is required to pay for the food."
Money still left in individual student meal accounts will be rolled over from last school year to the 2014-15 school year. Parents who want that money refunded can request that through the school food service manager. Parents may continue to add money to their child's lunch account to allow the purchase of extra food items or a second meal.
EBR Schools said they will also try out a new program called Breakfast in the Classroom, in which kids will be allowed to eat breakfast during the first ten minutes of class. The district also plans to continue the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program in select schools, along with the Supper Program at schools that have after school tutorial programs.