It’s hard to believe it’s already time to start thinking about back to school. Luckily for parents in Greenbrier County, they now don’t have to worry about packing breakfast or lunch for their kids.
A new program is underway in Greenbrier County for the 2018-2019 school year that will make it easier on parents or guardians to make sure their kids get a hot meal. Superintendent for Greenbrier County Schools Jeff Bryant, explained all 13 schools in the county will provide students a free meal for breakfast and lunch through the Community Eligibility Program.
“Our students will have nutritious, hot meals each and every day, which has a direct correlation with how they do academically,” Bryant said.
Jenny Curry the Child Nutrition Director for Greenbrier County Schools, said she encourages all students, even those who pack a lunch, to take advantage of the free food.
“They can get a salad, they can get things off the garden bar, they can eat that pepperoni roll with their lunch. It’s free, they aren’t gonna be billed for that,” Curry said.
Curry added kids have the added bonus of eating fresh food that is grown in southern West Virginia.
“The Board of Education is very supportive of the Farm to School program. I purchase local fruits and vegetables as much as I can, and we serve those which of course the kids love,” Curry said.
There is no paperwork or application require for the Community Eligibility Program. The Board of Education said they need a high participation percentage to continue the program into the future.