Students will not be charged for meals until August

Students will not be charged for meals until August

LAWTON, Okla. (TNN) - Students across the state and in southwest Oklahoma will continue to receive free meals for the rest of the school year thanks to the extension of one program.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the free meal program that they started when students returned to school back in August.

“They eat breakfast, and they eat lunch as well, so it’s two meals a day for sure that they get to eat free,” Lawton Public Schools Child Nutrition Director Daniel Ghrayyeb said.

He said he expects to see an increase in the number of students they feed, assuming the number of students that bring lunch will continue to drop.

“I think parents that normally would send food with their students just sent the students and didn’t have to worry about buying more food to send. Whether it was cost or whether it was the ease of not doing it anymore,” Ghrayyeb said.

Ghrayyeb said extending the program has made one thing easier during the pandemic.

“We knew it was coming, but we’re excited that it happened. It’s exciting to not have to worry about collecting payments, and the parents don’t have to worry about paying,” Ghrayyeb said.

He said summer feeding programs will go on, as usual, this summer.

It’s unknown at this time if the program will be extended into the following school year.

The Oklahoma Department of Education child nutrition program is seeking sponsors for summer feeding programs for communities that doesn’t have them across the state.

You can become a sponsor by emailing Dee Houston at dee.houston@sde.ok.gov

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