LWV will focus on school lunches
The League of Women Voters of the Brainerd Lakes Area will discuss school lunch programs in the area at its next session. The speakers will be Arlene Jones of the Farm on St. Mathias and Colette Pohlkamp, director of Food Services for the Brainerd School District. Jones is involved in an organization of area farmers who provide food to area schools and restaurants. Pohlkamp is the director of food services. The program will be at noon Thursday at the Brainerd Library.
For the 2013-2014 school year families pay $1.60 for the breakfast option and $2.50 to $2.60 for the lunch menu option. Reduced fee programs are available based on household income. Eligible families must have a qualifying income limit of $43,568 for a family of four. Any household member enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or the Food Distribution Program for Indians are eligible for reduced fees. Foster children are also eligible.
New federal guidelines on nutrition were recently passed in the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and the program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services. This legislation is the first major change to the food program in 15 years.
The program is free and open to the public.
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