K-8th Graders To Get Free Lunch, Breakfast In Warren County

K-8th Graders To Get Free Lunch, Breakfast In Warren County

CREATED Jun 28, 2014

MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. – Beginning this fall, all students from Kindergarten through 8th grade will receive free breakfast and lunch in Warren County.

The system is part of a federal program aimed at feeding students. At least 40 percent of students must qualify for the program in order for the school to be eligible for free meals.

Administrators said if it goes well the first year, they'll consider expanding the program to high schools, as well.

In early June, Metro Nashville Public Schools announced all students in the district would also get free breakfast and lunch, under the same program. Every school in the district qualified because of the high percentage of students who live in poverty within the area.

“It removes somewhat of a stigma for students who may not participate in our program because of a stigma they may associate with receiving free or reduced meal benefits,” said Spencer Taylor, MNPS Director Of Nutrition Services

No paperwork is required for students to get the free meals. Students at seven Robertson County schools will also get the free meals.