CVISD to offer free lunch next school year

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Thanks to a federal student nutrition program, next school year all City View ISD students will get to eat lunch for free.

For many like Kayla Barboza, a mother of three, this has her excited because school lunch was starting to get a little pricey.

"I was trying to decide if it was cheaper to send their lunch or let them buy their lunch and it really evened out so I wasn't saving money really," Barboza said.

With two of her kids in City View ISD, Barboza was spending close to $25 a week on both of her kid's school lunch.

An amount of cash that City View ISD Superintendent, Tony Bushong came to realize that not all parents had in their pocket.

"They {students} would be sitting at the table with no tray, and no food and I would say why are you not eating, and they would say because I don't have any money," Bushong said.

Bushong said when he took over in February one of his main priorities was to fix their lunch program, starting with their menu.

"One of the initiatives we set out is to cook our food," Bushong said. "For example, they {previous in charge} were buying meat crumbles. Meat crumbles are prepared meat that was frozen again and you just defrost it an serve it, and it's not good. So we're going to buy ground meat and fry it and make it taste good."

CVISD is able to do just that, through the Community Eligibility Provision. A federal student nutrition program that allows the nation's highest poverty schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications.

"By getting a new service director, revamping the way we prepare food, and with the food that we are buying, in the long run its going to cost the district a little bit more money, but I think it's going to be a good thing for our kids and that's what we are here for," Bushong said.

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