MOUNT VERNON — On Monday, the Mount Vernon school board learned all students in Dan Emmett and Pleasant Street elementary schools will receive free breakfasts and free lunches this school year.
Food service manager Nancy Bevan said she submitted an application for the Community Eligibility Option program which is part of the federal Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act, and Dan Emmett and Pleasant Street elementaries met the specific criteria to qualify for the program.
“This is a good opportunity for families who live in those areas,” Bevan said. “This takes the pressure off families to pack lunches everyday or to come up with lunch money.” CEO eliminates the need for parents to complete free and reduced lunch applications. (Parents will still need to complete an application to waive school fees.) The CEO program also eliminates the need for school staff to handle lunch money or charge slips. The school district will be reimbursed for each lunch served, Bevan said.
While breakfast will be served in the Pleasant Street cafeteria, Dan Emmett students will have breakfast in their classrooms.
During the public participation portion of the meeting, community member Fred Baumann and 2012 graduate Josh Campbell thanked the board for renewing the supplemental stipends for In the Know coach Rob Fetters. Baumann said In the Know is valuable for students and has many direct and indirect benefits. Campbell said the team’s successes against power house teams in the Columbus reflect well on Mount Vernon, and also said fellow students benefit from the Ohio State University scholarships received by In the Know and given to a non-team member.
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