It’s probably been a fairly long time since any kid in Oklahoma City Public Schools felt stigmatized over qualifying for free, or even discounted, lunch; for several years now, the majority of OKCPS students have thus qualified.
And next year, all of them will:
Officials announced Tuesday that next school year, all 44,000 students will be eligible for free meals at every school site, via USDA’s Community Eligibility Provision.
Free meals had been provided at 55 sites, now adding an additional 23 sites. Officials said the initiative is funded through the Community Eligibility Provision, a USDA Federal Program that subsidizes meals for schools and school districts in low income areas.
CEP will help feed nearly 44,000 students in the school district by serving free nutritious breakfasts and lunches. Officials said the program will reduce administrative paperwork previously required for eligible students, thus allowing schools to focus on preparing and serving good foods.
This is probably expensive, but undernourishment exacts a pretty terrible price of its own, and I’d just as soon not ask the kids to pay it.