Whether a kindergartener or high school senior, every student in the Clearfield Area School District can now get a free breakfast and lunch every day.
“We know that if the child’s fed, and they have something to eat, that they’re going to do better in their school day as a whole,” Superintendent Terry Struble said. “So that became more important than who has what money in their account, who doesn’t have money in their account.”
Funding comes from a government program that helps schools in low-income areas.
The district joined the program because, last year, nearly half off all the students were getting free or reduced lunches.
This eliminates the school’s meal charging system, and eliminates unpaid balances at the end of the year.
“We provided children with whatever meal they wanted to last year, a little bit into the negative,” cafeteria manager Willie Null said.
“In the end, every child’s got the opportunity to have a breakfast and a lunch, then if there was a little bit of a loss, then that is far outweighed by the benefit of the child eating,” Struble said.
Even though it’s only a week into the school year, there’s already an increase in the number of lunches being served.