Friday, November 4, 2016

Watertown schools poised to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students

According to WWNY-TV, the Watertown School System has applied to take advantage of the community eligibility provision, which will allow them to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of parent's income.

While there is sometimes pushback on these programs, the reality can be that it's cheaper to just serve everyone than to do the administrative work required to separate paid from free and collect the funds from those families who are expected to pay.

Providing meals to all also takes away any stigma attached to free meals and helps ensure that the children who really do need this assistance are getting it.

Many schools in the North Country have high poverty rates and could consider doing the same.