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Community Eligibility Provision Provides Free Meals For Peekskill Students

The program is effective immediately, and every child from pre-K through grade 12 attending a Peekskill City School District site will receive a free breakfast and free lunch.
The program is effective immediately, and every child from pre-K through grade 12 attending a Peekskill City School District site will receive a free breakfast and free lunch. Photo Credit: Contributed

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- The Peekskill City School District was recently awarded a federally funded breakfast and lunch provision that is available to all district students, from pre-K to grade 12.

The district was able to apply for the Community Eligibility Option of the 2010 Hunger Free Kids Act because of the large number of students attending Peekskill City School District who met previous guidelines for free or reduced meals, according to a release from the Peekskill City School District.

The program is effective immediately, and every child from pre-K through grade 12 attending a Peekskill City School District site will receive a free breakfast and free lunch, the release said.

The only time a child will need to pay for food will be if they wish to purchase a snack item or a second meal.

The subsidy runs from 2016 through June 2020. The value of the reimbursements is estimated to be approximately $400,000 per year for district families, the release said.

"This is a wonderful program for our students and their families, and we are thankful to be able to bring this opportunity to our school community," said Peekskill's Assistant Superintendent for Business, Robin Zimmerman.

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