Lackawanna students will receive free breakfasts and lunches this school year regardless of household income, said Keith E. Lewis, superintendent of the Lackawanna City School District.
The district over the summer was approved for the Community Eligibility Provision, which uses federal and state grant funds to cover the costs of the meal program.
"A nutritious and wholesome meal during the school day helps students focus on their studies and absorb information better,” noted Lewis.
To ensure a student continues receiving free meals – and that the program will continue into the future – the district is requesting that parents and guardians complete and return a household income form available on the district website.
"This program is a game-changer for our students when it comes to a basic necessity," said Daniel Grant, assistant superintendent. "All of our students will receive free meals, so any potential stigma related to meal status is eliminated.”