By David Esteppe
In addition to the ability for qualifying families to receive reduced-priced or free lunches in Greenbrier County public schools, this year six elementary schools in the county will provide free breakfast and lunch to their students.
Child Nutrition Coordinator for Greenbrier County Schools Jenny Curry says, “We want the students to eat breakfast because that fuels them to make it through until lunch. They are more alert, more attentive and ready to learn.”
The elementary schools participating this year are Alderson, Crichton, Rainelle, Ronceverte, Rupert and Smoot. The plan is to add two more schools to the program next year as going back to school can be very expensive, and there is “a need in every school in our economy with a decline in jobs,” Smoot Elementary Principle Molly Judy states.
In a Greenbrier County Schools news and information brief, all eligible students in the county are encouraged to apply for free or reduced meals. The Child Nutrition Department has made it easy for families to submit a School Meals Application quickly and confidentially online at www.wvschoolmeals.net. You may also fill out the traditional form and drop it in the mail or return it to the child’s teacher.