School Board Approves Free Meals for Qualifying Students
POSTED: 10:30 a.m. EDT, October 1, 2008
By: FCCPS Communications
The Falls Church City School Board recognizes that current economic difficulties may lead to financial hardships for some families. In an effort to provide direct assistance to families, the school board voted at its last meeting to subsidize reduced-price student meals for students who meet federal family income guidelines. Beginning today, and for the rest of this school year, any FCCPS family that qualifies for reduced-price student meals will be provided those meals at no charge.
“The research is clear that healthful, nutritious meals are a fundamental component of student wellness, learning, and success,” school board member Joan Wodiska said. “Our vote to subsidize meals for families that meet federal income guidelines was the right thing to do for our students, and we strongly encourage every eligible family to apply for the school meals program.”
Students who qualify will receive electronic meal cards that are identical to those given to students who are not eligible for free meals. The debit system is computerized, allowing all payment and free meal information to be kept confidential.
Families may apply for assistance at any time throughout the school year.
For more information, or to request a printed copy of the application, contact FCCPS Food Service Coordinator Richard Kane at (703) 248-5534 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.