Columbus City Schools Expands Free Meal Program For Students


The start of another year of school is just around the corner and and students are finding out that there is such a thing as a free lunch. 

At a news conference Friday morning, Columbus City Schools announced they will be providing free breakfast and lunch to more than 50,000 students because of a new federal program.  This comes as 80% of the students within the district already qualify for free meals.

However, because Columbus City Schools have met the USDA requirements for free meals regardless of family income, the district decided to expand it to everyone.  

According to district superintendent Dan Good, it's common sense to help students succeed.  “Let's face it, if your stomach is growling and your feeling sluggish and tired, how well are you going to be able  to focus on learning on how to divide fractions or learning how letters work together to create different sounds?”

The program is called Power Up with Free Meals, feeding healthy bodies and minds. It is totally funded by the federal government.