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Free Lunch Program Gets Green Light the Second Time Around

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The Community Eligibility Option once again found its way in front of the District 205 Board of Education.

The program, which would provide free lunch to all students who attend King, Lombard, Steele and Nielson was originally rejected by the board after a tie vote.

It was noted by some board members the reason for their rejection of the program was due to it not being fair to offer free lunch to some kids in the district and not others.

However, parents and other community members addressed the board last night in support of the program, saying it not only helps so many who are struggling in this community, but would help bring in money to the district.

Board member Tom Colclasure told the board it’s a program they can’t afford to pass up.

“Here’s a chance for us to recoup some federal revenue.  Why wouldn’t we do it?” Coclasure said.  “We need it.  It doesn’t hurt anybody.  It helps kids.  So, I would ask my esteemed colleagues, please:  let’s bring this money in.  Let’s use it to fill some gaps.”

The board approved the measure unanimously. The program is projected to bring in $100,000 in revenue for the district over four years.

Another food issue discussed was how to feed students during the strike. Starting Wednesday the district and several other community organizations will be providing lunch to students ages 18 months to 18 years old.

The program will be at 7 different locations including the YMCA, Bethel Baptist Church, and Woodland Bend Community Room from 11:30 to 12:30.