A big change is coming to lunch time at schools in springfield....their*no charge meals for anyone who's hungry....is*no longer.
That's because of an improving economy... kezi 9 news reporter amber wilmarth joins us live to show us how this is affecting families who are still struggling...amber?
Matt...this is the letter that was sent out to parents by springfield public schools... informing them that several of their schools -- guy lee elementary being one of them -- can*no longer offer free meals to students,*no questions asked.... "community eligibility provision" -- a federal program -- is no longer funding those meals.
The program offers the no- charge meal service option for schools and school districts in low- income areas... springfield applied four years ago -- and*seven schools qualified.
But -- when they reapplied... the program determined they're no longer in need.
On one hand -- that means that the economy is those communities has improved... but the district says it's disappointing for families who do need this service -- that's why they have their own program that parents can apply for.
There are criteria for families to meet both a reduced price for meals or free...so what they'll need to do is go through the application process which if they meet the guidelines on income they'll qualify for that."
He says the applications will be available in august -- and adds that it's a very confidential process.
It may seem contradicting that this happened -- with governor kate brown signing the student success act into law just yesterday -- which will provide oregon schools