Up to 600 more Fayette County Public Schools students will eat free breakfast and lunch for free this school year after the school board approved a special waiver.
The wavier, approved June 26, applies to students who had been paying reduced prices for meals.
“If students are hungry, it’s very difficult for them to achieve. We’re trying to remove barriers,” Child Nutrition Director Michelle Coker said.
Meal prices will remain unchanged in 2017-18. Lunch is $2.50 for K-5 students and $2.75 for grades 6-12. Breakfasts are $1.35.
The state Department of Education signed off on FCPS eliminating reduced-price meals, which were 40 cents for lunch and 30 cents for breakfast.
However, family-income eligible students retain “reduced” status for all other costs such as textbook fee waivers, field trips and other financial considerations.