LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- There's free lunch available to Clark County School District students who qualify. Parents looking to get free or reduced lunch for their kids have a little more than a week to apply.
Venise toussaint explains what parents need to know before they apply.
The federal program is designed to allow students from low income families to afford nutritious meals and the deadline to apply is October 1.
It is lunch time at Ruby Thomas Elementary School.
On the menu are well balance portions of whole grains, fruits, veggies and proteins.
“We want the kids to be well fed because by being well fed they stay focused, they don’t get into much trouble and they’re a lot kinder to each other as well,” said Principal Dennis Kubala.
Part of being well fed is making sure every child, especially those from low income families, have access to affordable lunch through the free and reduced lunch program.
“Free and reduced lunch program is a wonderful opportunity for parents to provide nutritious meals for free and it’s all funded by the u.s department of agriculture,” said Virginia Beck, Assistant Director of Food Services.
For the past few years the number of Clark County students qualifying for the program has increased.
Last year more than 60 percent of students district wide were eligible for free or reduced lunch. At Ruby Elementary— almost 90 percent of the school’s 800 students are eligible.
“And that’s why we’re trying to stress to parents please fill out your forms, get them in because if you qualify then you don’t have to pay,” Kubala said.
Students qualify for free or reduced lunch based on their parent’s income and the number of people living in their homes.
For example, a family of four making $30,000 or less would qualify for free meals. That same family of four making more than $30,000 and up to $43,000 a year would qualify for reduced lunch.
“We need a new application every single year, so even if you did apply last year and your student qualified you still need to put in an application this year,” Beck said.
“We want to make sure kids are not hungry, that’s really the bottom line, nobody wants to see a child sitting down not eating well,” Kubala said.
-- Venise Toussaint, KSNV News 3