- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) - All Moss point students will receive free breakfasts and lunches beginning in the fall.

The district will get full federal reimbursement for all meals. It has been serving free breakfast since 2012.

“This program will allow all MPSD students to focus on their studies without being distracted by hunger and parents will have less paperwork and no worries about lunch accounts,” said director of child nutrition Jessica McCovery in a news release. “The students will benefit most with access to nutritious meals, removal of the stigma and less time in the cashier lines.”

The Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, allows qualifying, high-need districts, to offer free meals to all students. During the 2013-2014 school year, school officials tell The Sun Herald (https://bit.ly/1CmkWrw ) 91 percent of Moss Point students qualified for free or reduced-price lunch.

Administrators said the change would save parents from filling out paperwork and cut down on administrative costs for the district, which will create an improved program.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com


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