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Start of school could bring hunger, School Board warns

SUPERIOR, WI-- Superior School Board members are concerned that when school starts in the fall, some kids will go hungry.

Since school shut down in March, the district has handed out 275,000 meals. That's according to Director of Food service, Jamie Wilson.

The district is currently providing free breakfast and lunch, regardless of income. Parents just have to come pick them up.

Once the school year starts, Wilson told the Board that tighter restrictions will mean those meals aren't available to everyone.

"Distance learning families will still qualify for free and reduced lunch if they meet the eligibility criteria as in previous years," Superior School District officials clarified Tuesday morning. "Families will still need to fill out a free and reduced meal application, like they have in previous years." 

Wilson said they're going to try to make sure no kids go hungry.

"We are going to do everything that we can in our department to feed kids and to get meals to all students. I think we've really proven, since March, that that's our goal," he said.

Wilson said the legislature was considering a bill, giving schools more flexibility to allow meals for all.

He said he's not counting on it because it hasn't made any movement since being introduced.

Click here to access the Superior School District's free and reduced meal application.

Bonney Bowman

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