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LSSD to offer free breakfast?

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Lebanon Special School District officials are evaluating the option of offering free school breakfasts for all students, regardless of grade or family income, starting this fall.

Recently school systems, including Metro Nashville Public Schools, have decided to participate in free breakfast and lunch programs to meet the needs of all students – not just the one who are currently enrolled in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s free and reduced lunch program.

“Every system offers some free and reduced lunches to students who qualify for that. Parents fill out forms for that at the beginning of each school year,” said LSSD Director Scott Benson, adding that it is income-based.

“We are pretty confident that we will participate in the breakfast option this coming year. It would be open to any student who comes,” he continued.

Under the federally funded breakfast program, the schools would be reimbursed for cost. However, Benson said that the free lunch program is likely not an option for LSSD.

“We are going to re-evaluate that, but we are not sure that all of our schools qualify. So far we have determined that it would cost the system more than we would be reimbursed. We would lose money,” he said.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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