Schools move to implement free lunch program; application process still required

Article By: Charles Lussier | July 30, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

Some school districts in Louisiana plan to offer free meals to all their students even though the state Department of Education has yet to give them the green light to do so.

East Baton Rouge Parish public schools announced Monday it will take advantage of a new federal initiative that allows public schools in high-poverty areas to provide free meals to all students without families having to fill out individual forms.

Other interested districts include Morehouse Parish and the cities of Bogalusa and Monroe.

They’ve all been waiting for weeks for the state Department of Education to launch the application process for the initiative. Districts need state approval to receive full federal reimbursement.

Barry Landry, a spokesman for the state agency, said Tuesday he is trying to find out more information about the delay, but had nothing at present to add.

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