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All PSS students eligible for free meals next school year, official says

ALL Public School System students will be provided free breakfast and lunch in the next school year, PSS-Child Nutrition Program nutritionist Kaisa Anderson said.

She said students and parents do not have to submit an application for the free meals.

“The grant is directed toward PSS schools, and that’s why we were able to make all the students eligible for free meals,” Anderson said.

Parents whose children are attending private schools or day-care centers can submit applications for inclusion in the free-meal program which is made possible by  the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In previous school years, parents had to turn in  applications so their children could receive free breakfast and lunch.

Students not eligible for free school meals had to pay 50 cents for breakfast and 75 cents for lunch.

“It will be interesting to see how student learning is affected by the free breakfast and lunch program,” Anderson said. “There are a lot of reasons students do not do well in school, but taking hunger out of that equation is a step in the right direction.”

She added that the PSS-Child Nutrition Program is also implementing a community feeding program.

“Parents accompanying their children under 18 years old can come to  a feeding site, between 11:30 a.m. and 12 noon, to get free lunch for the children,” she said.

The feeding sites are  Garapan Elementary School, Oleai Elementary School, Kagman Elementary School, William S. Reyes Elementary School and Koblerville Elementary School.

“They don’t need an ID, they don’t need proof that they go to school, and they don’t have to participate in any summer-school program,” Anderson said. “All they need to do is come in and go to a school cafeteria where they will be receiving the meals.”