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WPBHS program offers free/reduced lunches provided by NE Department of Education

Jasmine Stinson

February 06, 2020

Over 53% of high school students, 65% of middle school students, and 62%  of elementary students are on free/reduced lunch at WPBHS. Nationally, over 20 million students receive free lunch.

            The lunch program is funded by the Nebraska Department of Education and provides students with free or reduced lunches.

            The amount of income that is brought in by the household is what determines if the student receives free or reduced lunch.

            At WPBHS, school lunches cost $2.71 for pre k- 4th, $2.91 for 4th-12th, and $3.50 for adults. The price of reduced lunch is $0.40.

            Approximately $230,000 is spent yearly on lunches at WPBHS.

            For students to qualify for free/reduced lunch, they can live in a household that participates in Temporary Assistance to Need Families (TANF), Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Foster Children date from the Nebraska Department (NDHHS) or Medicaid, or if they are migrant, homeless or in foster care. They can also qualify by submitting a free/reduced lunch application that determines if they need it based on income.

There are many different ways students can apply for this program. One way is to fill out an application that students can find in the office. Other ways include the school’s determining if the student needs it based off their income, and they can also become direct certified through the state.

            “I’m very thankful for this program. It has helped my family out immensely,” said free/reduced lunch recipient, Brithany Cereventes.

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