Editor's note: The following is a press release issued by the Plainfield School District:
District 202 will be serving breakfast through the national school lunch program at all of its elementary, middle and high schools by the end of the school year.
The District 202 Board of Education approved the additional service last fall. The new program is fully funded by the federal government and does not cost the district anything.
Currently breakfast is served at Crystal Lawns, Grand Prairie, Lakewood Falls and Thomas Jefferson elementary schools; Aux Sable, Indian Trail, John F. Kennedy and Timber Ridge middle schools; and Plainfield High School – Central Campus and Plainfield South and East high schools. Breakfast service will be phased in at the remaining schools in the coming months.
Breakfast has been served ala carte for some time at all four district high schools, said Angie Smith, assistant superintendent for Business and Operations. However, by serving it through the national school lunch program students approved for free or reduced lunch can also get breakfast.
“Free” students can eat for $0, and “Reduced” students pay 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch.
The new breakfast program started in November and will continue to be rolled out through the spring. “This is another way to help our families who are struggling because of the economy,” Smith said.
Breakfast will be $1.60 at the high schools and $1.50 at elementary and middle schools. Menus and other communications will be sent to each building a week or two before service begins.
Families can apply for free and reduced meals by visiting the district web site (www.psd202.org) and clicking on “Parents and Students,” or through their home school. Families that have already been approved do not need to reapply.