Wednesday, June 07, 2017 - Updated: 9:00 AM
At their special called board meeting last week, the Trigg County Board of Education announced that all students will be receiving free meals beginning in the 2017-18 school year.
This has been made possible under the Community Eligibility Program, a provision from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010.
This provision allows schools in high-poverty areas to provide breakfast and lunch to all students free-of-charge.
According to the Kentucky Department of Education's website, this provision is meant to alleviate schools of the burden of collecting household applications to determine eligibility for free meals, and instead relies on information from others means-tested programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
For the last two years, the school has been able to offer free breakfast and lunch for students in preschool through eight grade, but they are now able to extend the program to high school students as well.
Adult lunch prices at the school will see an increase in the next school year to $3.50 per meal. In order to reduce costs for adult breakfast, they will continue to offer breakfast items at a la carte prices.