BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Free meals are going to be available for all students in East Baton Rouge Parish public schools this upcoming school year thanks to a new federal program from the US Department of Agriculture.
The Community Eligibility Program is new this year and allows schools with more than 40 percent of students who are food stamp certified to offer free meals to all students, regardless of their income or background.
Dr. Nadine Mann is the child nutrition director for East Baton Rouge Parish schools. She said this is the perfect way to provide healthy meals to each and every student.
"They also get free textbooks and they get free transportation," Mann explained. "Of course, it's paid for by someone, but the parent is not charged for those services. So now, this is becoming like the textbooks and like the transportation that will be provided to the parent at no charge."
There is no indication yet on whether other school districts in surrounding parishes will adopt the new program.