New Program Extends Free Lunches to More Wausau Students

A new federally funded program is allowing students in the Wausau School District to receive breakfast and lunch for free during the school day regardless of their economic status.

In the past, only students whose families met certain income requirements were able to get free meals. Now, the USDA sponsored Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) allows schools with more than 40% of their students meeting low income requirements to extend free meals to all students at the school.

In the Wausau, five elementary schools meet the low income criteria. Throughout the school year all students will get free breakfast and lunch. The USDA will reimburse the school district for the meals. The Wausau School District’s Food Service Coordinator says the program will make sure all students are well fed.

"Students need to be consistently well nourished each and every day to be able to do well in school. Students that are hungry and not consistently well nourished are not going to do well in school.” Says Roxanne Sladek.

The Wausau schools included in the CEP program are G D Jones, Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Grant, and Hawthorn Hills elementary.


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