Students at all four elementary schools within the Grayson County School System will now be receiving free breakfast and lunch each school day.
This opportunity was announced at Thursday evening’s school board meeting, and comes thanks to the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), a program which provides meals at no cost to students in schools with particularly high poverty levels.
While the qualification of all four local public elementary schools indicates that county-wide poverty levels are rising and effecting more Grayson County families, there is at least some degree of relief for those families with elementary-aged children.
Two local Schools – H. W. Wilkey Elementary School and Caneyville Elementary School – took part in the program last year.
According to the school system’s Director of Food Services, Kristy Bratcher, Wilkey and Caneyville Elementary Schools saw a drastic increase in the number of students eating breakfast and lunch at the two schools when meals began being provided at no cost.
It is expected that similar increases will be seen this year at Clarkson and Lawler Elementary Schools as they each begin their first year in the program.