By Joshua Albert
Under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision, districts that have predominantly low income students are eligible to toss the applications for the federal free lunch programs, an eligibility Philadelphia more than qualifies for considering 80 percent of students in Philadelphia already qualify for free lunch.
This means that 143,000 Philadelphia students will no longer have to worry about what they will eat for breakfast and lunch. “We want to keep students’ focus on learning, not hunger,” Superintendent William Hite said in a press release.
The district’s vice president of food services Wayne Grasela told Newsworks:
“It streamlines our operations. We won’t have to field calls from parents, ‘why isn’t my child eligible,’ those kinds of things,” he said. “It will reduce some of the administrative burden here and also at the school level.”
This is set to take effect immediately.