Free Meals Coming to Susquehanna Valley
Students at Susquehanna Valley will soon get free breakfast and lunch.
According to Annie Hudock, the senior food services director for Broome tioga boces, they've been applying for the program every year and were finally approved.
"We will no longer have to fill out any kind of free and reduced application," Hudock says. "Students can just come through the line and get a free breakfast and lunch. Parents won't have that barrier of having to fill that out. They also won't have the barrier of paying for any of the meals, which is going to be great. We also will hopefully have no negative student balances at the end of the school year."
The program requires a minimum of forty percent of students be Medicaid or snap approved.
Moving forward, the only cash handling will be for extras or a la carte options.
Hudock adds that this will reduce stigma as every student will get a free meal, not just the ones who applied for it.