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Food Service Program Attracts Students to Summer School

Minnie Cline Elementary enrolled in the USDA's Summer Food Service Program, which provides free breakfast and lunch for students, and anyone under the age of 18.
(SAVANNAH, Mo.) Summer school enrollment at Minnie Cline Elementary is through the roof.

With more than 300 kids, it is the most the school has seen in a while.

School administrators believe that has something to do with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program.

With the help from the USDA, the school is able to serve free breakfast and lunch, not just to students, but to anyone under the age of 18.

"It's had a good, positive response and I think it's very, very nice when you can give kids the nutrition they need to have an excellent day," said Troy Dunn, Principal at Minnie Cline Elementary.

"They are reimbursed at a rate set by USDA; a certain amount for breakfast, and a certain amount for lunch," said Kathi Snyder, Food Service Director for the Savannah School District.

The district pays $2 per meal a person for breakfast, and $3 for lunch, but the USDA will cover the cost of any money spent on food throughout summer school.

"It's more of a counting how many we have, and sending it off, and how much food was used for the program. And then, they monitor the guidelines, and then take care of that," said Dunn.

"They'll come back and take a final look at all of our paperwork. And then, that's when we'll be reimbursed," Snyder said.

Snyder says the program is off to a great start, and she is excited to see how summer school numbers grow in upcoming years.

"Since we got approved this year, we're approved for the next four years," she said.

Breakfast at Minnie Cline is from 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., and lunch is from 11:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Summer school ends July 2.

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