LAC DU FLAMBEAU - All students at the Lac du Flambeau Public School will get breakfast and lunch for free this year. A federal program will reimburse the school for all free meals given to students.
The program is called the Community Eligibility Provision. It's part of the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Schools can participate in the Community Eligibility Provision if they have a high poverty rate.
Ninety percent of Lac du Flambeau Public School students already got free meals last year. Twenty-three students needed to pay a reduced price and 25 needed to pay full price.
School leaders think it's not always easy to pay for school meals, especially since the price goes up ten cents every year. The price for a school lunch last year was $1.80.
School leaders believe this program will help out a lot of families.
"It's going to mean more money for families to spend on things that are needed," said Lac du Flambeau district superintendent Larry Ouimette. "They can spend that money on food for home, school supplies, clothes, and those types of things."
School leaders think this program will make sure all students eat healthy meals to give them energy at school. They think the school will also benefit from the program.
"It's a four-year program, which means we won't have to apply for it again next year. We know that program will be in place for us. That helps us budget for our school district and makes it a little bit easier," said Ouimette.
The Lac du Flambeau Public School will also be using a new food provider this year. School leaders hope these changes will help students eat more nutritious food.
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