Thanks to a federal program, hundreds of schools across Missouri will be able to ensure kids don't go hungry.
The Community Eligibility Provision means that, once approved, schools where at least 40 percent of the children have already qualified for free meals will be able to offer those meals to all students.
This is without additional applications or paperwork.
Jeanette Oxford of the Missouri Association for Social Welfare says the program is a win-win for schools and students.
However, Sue Barrett of the Kirksville Primary School says their school won't benefit.
â??If we could qualify, we would offer all of our meals free to all of our students, so it would be a benefit for many of our parents and our students. At this point, it would be a breaking process for the school district to do this. We wouldn't receive enough money to cover our meal costs,â?? said Barrett.
Barrett also says the Kirksville School District will continue providing free meals for those students who currently qualify.
Those who do not currently qualify will not receive free meals.