Bibb students get meals free of charge | News
Bibb County students are now getting breakfast and lunch free of charge.
"We implemented the Community Eligibility Provision program, so that all students in the Bibb County Schools can receive meals at no cost to parents," said Cleta Long, nutrition director.
Long said because 82 percent of students within the district qualify for reduced meals that made the district eligible for the program.
The federal government will now reimburse the system for all of the student meals. She expects that to bring a million dollars back into the nutrition program and save parents an estimated $500,000.
Senior Rafael Burgos had to pay for lunch before, now that's a thing of the past. He said the savings are really going to be put toward good use. "It helps pay for gas for coming to school and it really takes the pressure off our parents to help pay for lunch," he said.
Junior Alyssa Jackson agrees. "Some days we just want to bring our lunch, other days we want to eat at school and we don't have to worry about paying for it anymore so it's a good thing," she said.
A former teacher, Long said students learn better on fully bellies. "I remember students coming into class and being lethargic, maybe having a hard time concentrating. And a lot of times that's because they did not have adequate food either at home or they didn't take time to eat at home," she added. Long hopes this will help remedy that.
There's no paperwork required to be a part of the program.
The school said it'll reimburse parents who paid lunch money since the beginning of school by putting the funds back on the students account. However, officials encourage parents to leave some funds to cover extra food that their child may want.