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LCSD will offer universal free meals for every child

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Beginning on September 8, 2015, Liberty Central School District will serve free meals – both lunch and breakfast – to all students, regardless of their income status.

The district recently joined a national program called the Community Eligibility Option which waives meal fees for all children regardless of income status. The program is funded by the federal government and administered by the state at no cost to the district.

Already, 65 percent students qualify for free- or reduced-price meals due to their income status. Many of those who do not qualify fall just beyond income limits. Previously, families had to fill out and return forms to qualify for the meals program. Now, the district can waive all meal charges for all students. Parents do not need to take any action to participate. Students can continue to purchase extra food items, such as snacks, for a fee.

“The program accomplishes two things,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Silver said in an interview with The Times Herald Record. “First, it will provide free meals to all district students, but it will also remove the stigma for those students who are in need of financial assistance to purchase food.”

If you have any questions please contact our district’s Food Service Director, Dara Smith at 845-292-5400 ext. 2040.

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