Haysville schools adopt free breakfast program

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HAYSVILLE – All students attending Haysville Public Schools will be able to eat breakfast at school for free.
Over the years, breakfast programs have grown at school districts across the country. While underprivileged students have been a focus, the program also helps students who may arrive at school early for school programs or who have to be dropped off early because their parents and guardians work.
The USD 261 Board of Education this summer approved universal free breakfast for the 2022-23 school year. It is available for all students, regardless of financial circumstances. Breakfast will be offered for free each day that school is in session.
District communications director Adia Ludwig said schools across the country are having to once again charge for lunch. During the pandemic, the federal government funded school lunches for all students in the United States. That program ended this summer.
“Our wonderful food service director, Gina Hall, found another federal grant to cover breakfast,” said Ludwig.
Meal programs are important for many district families. Ludwig said Haysville schools serve a lot of lower-income families, and that the district has one of the highest percentages of low-income households in the state.
Free and reduced-price lunches are available for students who meet guidelines. For more information, contact Hall at 316-554-2219 or ginalee@usd261.com.