The Floyd County Board of Education voted on Tuesday at their November meeting to return to paid and traditional eligibility at county schools for free and reduced student lunches starting January 1, 2019. The Board also opted to continue serving breakfast at no charge to all students.
The overall goal for the FCS Child Nutrition Department is to be self-funded, and change is required to attain that goal, according to a school system media release. Since August 2016, the Community Eligibility Program extended meals and snacks to all students at no charge.
FCS Deputy Superintendent Dr. April Childers states, “We hate to see this program go, but are proud to say we served over 5 million meals and snacks to students at no charge over the last two and a half years. We are here to provide support to all families needing to fill out the application to ensure eligible students are still served meals and snacks at no charge.”
Effective January 1, 2019, the rates for school lunches will be as follows:
- Elementary school students, $2.25
- Middle and high school students, $2.50
- Reduced rate for K-12 students who are eligible, 40 cents
Parents and guardians must complete an online or paper application in order to determine eligibility for free or reduced-price meals.
For more information about the change, visit the county schools’ website at www.floydboe.net. Questions about the program and application should be directed to the FCS Child Nutrition Department at (706) 234-1031, extension 7135; you may also send an email to Child Nutrition Director Donna Carver at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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