Owosso Schools offering free student breakfast, lunch thanks to federal grant

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OWOSSO (WJRT) (05/15/18) -- Students in Owosso Public Schools will no longer have to buy their breakfast or lunch at school thanks to a Federal Community Eligibility Provision Grant the district applied for through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"It's a game changer really," said John Klapko, Owosso Schools Food Service Director.

The free breakfasts and lunches also means a lot of savings.

Klapko tells ABC12 it boils down to $5 a day roughly per student. Since there are 180 days roughly in a school year, that comes out to $900 a school year.

Up until this point, the school district was only able to provide free breakfast and lunch to students in kindergarten through 8th grade.

But because of changes over the last year at the USDA including medicaid and income eligibility for the national school lunch program, the district qualified as a whole and in turn, got the grant.

"To have healthy, nutritious lunches that we provide in Owosso Public Schools is exciting," said Owosso Public Schools Superintendent Andrea Tuttle.

If all students take advantage of the program, it would amount to 6,600 meals per day throughout the school year.

This is also a 4 year grant, so students and families in the coming years will not have to worry about buying breakfast or lunch.

The free meals start this Fall.

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