In 2014, Petersburg City Public Schools began offering free breakfasts and lunches to every student every school day under the Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. This allows school districts with high percentages of low-income children to drop the complicated application process for families and offer free breakfasts and lunches to all students on school days. This approach improves access to nutritious meals, simplifies life for families, cuts down on time spent in cashier lines and eliminates any stigma attached to the “free and reduced-price meal” label.
Access to free breakfasts and lunches continues even when schools are closed for the summer. Last summer, more than 4,000 meals were served to Petersburg children.
Free breakfasts and lunches for children 18 years old or younger started on June 26 at the following sites: