Free Lunch for All Palm Springs Unified Students Next Year
For the first time, all students enrolled at Palm Springs Unified for the 2018-19 school year will receive free meals regardless of income.
Through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision, the district is able to provide all students with a free breakfast and lunch every day of the school year.
Because the district has more than 62 percent of families receiving government assistance, PSUSD was able to secure 100 percent of funding for meals served.
“It’s a simple fact that students who are hungry cannot learn at optimum levels,” said Superintendent Sandra Lyon. “Feeding all of our students nutritious breakfasts and lunches ensures that they have the fuel they need throughout the day to learn. Providing this service reduces food insecurity, obesity rates and poor health among our low-income students – which represents the majority of our children.”
In order to be part of the program, parents are required to complete “an education benefit form.”
The 2018-19 school year begins Aug. 8 for Palm Springs Unified students.
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