Now, other families that are paying full-price will get a break at the hands of the federally-provided funding.
“For a middle school or high school, it costs about $13.50 a week to eat breakfast and lunch at school,” said Butcher, noting the amount is slightly lower at elementary schools. “If you multiply that by a couple of kids, that’s about $27 per week. That adds up. You’re looking at about $450 per child per year.”
The plan frees up students to spend a little bit extra in the lunch line if they’ve already got the money in their pocket.
“If they want to buy à la carte, they can get an extra slice of pizza,” said Butcher. “We want to make sure kids get fed. This will help a lot of families.”
Butcher said he and the school district’s food service director Lucille Hudson discussed the matter and decided it would make more sense financially for the school system to go this route, helping to shore up the food service fund, which is separate from the district’s general fund. It’s a financial help to the parents and guardians of Pulaski County students as well.
“We think it’s going to be a big plus for the kids and the school district,” said Butcher. “It’s something we appreciate having the opportunity to do.”