OXFORD (WBNG) — Beginning in September, every student at Oxford Academy will be given a free breakfast and lunch, regardless of income.
Oxford Academy staff told 12 News they didn’t want families to worry about how to provide food every day, and for students to be able to focus on learning.
Oxford Academy district staff said they applied for a New York State Department of Education program and were ecstatic to find out they qualified.
Every student will automatically be eligible for the free meals, and there is nothing families need to apply for.
Staff say this program gives them a deep peace of mind and satisfaction in being able to help their students, and are hoping this will spark fresh change in the district.
“It’s exciting because it gives us an opportunity to have a platform to introduce new things,” said Debra Morris, Oxford Academy food service director. “We think the kids are going to be excited to be a part of this so it should be a successful year.”
The program is expected to save families between 500 and 750 dollars a year, and will allow students who would otherwise have been hungry to focus on learning.
Of course, students can still bring in their own lunch if they want, but if they forget or there’s no food at home, they’ll now always have an option at school.