This year Lenoir County Public Schools help feed thousands of students with their no-cost meal program. The program gives free breakfast and lunch to all students. Officials say the first year of the program has been a huge success.
“We have seen an increase of about 210,000 lunches this year, from what we had last year. It’s a tremendous amount,” says Pam Smith.
Pam smith, the Nutrition Director for Lenoir County Public Schools is happy to see the program succeed. She says no child should ever have to worry about when they will eat their next meal.
“It’s been very successful for us. Our participation has jumped up tremendously; all three high schools have more than doubled in participation at lunch time.”
Lenoir County was the first in the state eligible for the no-cost meal program due to their high number of students enrolled in free and reduced meals. The program is paid for through money raised by those buying meals at school and federal dollars.
A teacher with Lenoir County Public School says she sees a change in her student attitude when they eat breakfast. She says all schools in the state should have this program.
“They come in a little angry. They come in very sluggish, and I know its because they are hungry. So for those kids, I would offer them a snack just to build up their glucose level,” said Lynn Morris.
Lynn Morris a third grade teacher says she’s happy Lenoir County has this program.
“It’s an opportunity to combat childhood obesity, as far as when they are in the school. They are getting a nutritious lunch and so that helps them keep their weight down.”
Smith agrees and says more districts need to have this program.
“I would really like to see for all counties to be able to do this no matter what their economic status is.”
Lenoir County Schools are also offering a Summer Feeding Program. A bus will comes and picks students up and take them to school for a free lunch. For more information, click here.