More than 3,000 Bay County students will not have to worry about lunch money when classes begin in the Fall.
Eight schools will participate in the Community Eligibility Provision, a federally funded program that allows schools to serve every student breakfast and lunch at no charge.
Rosenwald High School, St. Andrew School, and Cedar Grove and Waller Elementary Schools will join the program next school year. Lucille Moore, Oakland Terrace, Patterson, and Springfield Elementary Schools piloted it this past school year.
Superintendent Bill Husfelt said more than 62% of students at these schools already receive free or reduced cost meals.
"Those kids can come to school and know that they're going to get two good meals a day," Husfelt said. "If students are hungry, they're not going to learn and so we're just following the federal guidelines that allow us to do this, and I think it's a great opportunity for schools to offer free lunch and free breakfast."
School Board Members are looking to utilize another federally funded program. The Universal Free Breakfast program would provide free breakfast for all students at four schools, Callaway and Parker Elementary Schools, Jinks Middle School, and New Horizons Learning Center.
The District, however, would lose about $7,300 in revenue a school year because it would not be fully reimbursed for every meal.
The Board will hold a second public hearing before deciding whether to move forward with this program.
All other schools will continue to use the free and reduced lunch application.