UPDATE: All Beloit students to get free breakfast, lunch

By: Britni McDonald Email
By: Britni McDonald Email

UPDATED Monday, August 18, 2014-- 6:15 p.m.

This year every student in the Beloit School District will receive free breakfast and lunch.

Beloit school lunches were $2.20. The reduced price lunches cost 40 cents.

"If there's not money in the account, we have to turn our students away," said Beloit School District's executive director of business services, Janelle Marotz.

But this year, those prices are slashed. Meals are all free.

"Every student receives one breakfast and one lunch for free," said Marotz.

You don't have to fill out any paperwork or even qualify. The meals are free for every student, regardless of family income.

"Everybody's treated the same way."

It's part of a federal program through the USDA and the 2010 Health Hunger Free Kids Act. To qualify, at least 40% of the schools students must be receiving free or reduced price lunches. 77% of students in the Beloit district were.

The menu will remain mostly the same under USDA regulations with fruit and vegetable options and, this year, less sodium. Beloit schools' main goals with this program is increased participation, balanced nutrition, and a lowered stigma surrounding kids of different income levels.

"There's no barrier to any student," said Marotz.

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Posted on Sunday, August 3, 2014 -- 7:31 p.m.

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) -- Every student in the School District of Beloit will receive free breakfast and lunch this school year regardless of their family's income.

A Beloit Daily News report (http://bit.ly/1pysjSE ) says it's part of a federal program to ensure that children have access to nutritious meals.

In order for schools to qualify for universal free lunches, at least 40 percent of their students must be receiving free or reduced-price lunches. As of June, 77 percent of students in the Beloit district qualified.

The state Department of Public Instruction says at least 55 districts covering 295 schools across Wisconsin have applied for the program.

Maureen Fitzgerald of Hunger Task Force says 26 districts and 200 schools have been approved. She says more schools could be approved as the Aug. 31 application deadline approaches.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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