Over the past couple of years, the National School Lunch Program has seen quite a few changes. These changes have been put in place in order to provide the best meal possible for the children of our nation. According to the USDA Economic Research Report dated September 2015:
“An estimated 14.0 percent of American households were food insecure at least some time during the year in 2014, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. The change from 14.3 percent in 2013 was not statistically significant. The prevalence of very low food security was unchanged at 5.6 percent.”
The National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs provide low- or no-cost meals to assist these children. For some, these are the only meals they have each day. If your household income has decreased or your household size has increased, you may be eligible for Free or Reduced Priced lunch and breakfast. Meal benefit applications are available on line at www.paschoolmeals.com or a paper form can be requested from the school district.