Editor's note: The following is a press release issued by District 202:
District 202 will serve 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 at its October 22, 2012 regular meeting. The new program will start at Plainfield South on Nov. 1, and will not cost the district anything.
Breakfast is already served ala carte 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-price lunch will also be able to get breakfast.
“Free” students would eat for $0, and “reduced” students would pay 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch.
The new breakfast program will be rolled out over the next several months, starting with the schools with the highest need, and high schools first.
“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 website (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.