All students at MPS now eligible for free meals

Aug 19, 2014 by

It was noon Monday and the Tater-Tot-scented cafeteria at Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School filled quickly.

Besides tots, the menu offered mini-corn dogs, broccoli, choice of apple sauce or a nectarine, choice of low-fat regular or low-fat chocolate milk.

What does a school lunch like that cost these days?

Not a dime if you’re a Milwaukee Public Schools student.

MPS announced Monday that the district is offering free breakfasts and lunches to all students, regardless of income level, through a federal program.

“Having every student come to school well nourished and ready to learn is absolutely critical to students’ well-being — and it’s critical to our work to improve student outcomes,” MPS Acting Superintendent Darienne Driver said in a news release.

“Children who are hungry can’t concentrate on learning. They are focused on their hunger.”

Last year, 83% of MPS students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches, which is close to double the state average.

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