Nazareth schools opt out of national free breakfast for students

Written by on September 28, 2022

Nazareth schools opt out of national free breakfast for students

By Sarah Mueller
September 28, 2022

Nazareth Area School District doesn’t currently provide breakfast to its students, and plans not to participate in a new free breakfast program. (AP file photo)

NAZARETH, Pa. – All Pennsylvania students will be entitled to a free school breakfast starting Monday, but at least one area school district says it won’t participate.

Nazareth Area School District doesn’t currently provide breakfast to its students except for meals to a local alternative school. Food Services Director Donna Garr said she’s concerned about implementing the state program to the entire student population.

“We have a rough time securing food, breakfast items, just for the Lehigh Learning Academy,” Garr said.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced a plan earlier this month to provide a universal school free breakfast program for this academic year. The state will use $21 million to reimburse districts for the cost of the meals.

Garr said she also is having supply chain issues for the district’s lunch service.

“Things that are short or having manufacturing problems right now are chicken, pizza dough, peanut butter and jelly,” she said.

Nazareth officials said they are concerned that most students won’t eat the breakfast because they get to school just before classes start.

All students in kindergarten through 12th grade in public and charter schools are eligible for free breakfast. Private schools and day care centers can also participate if they qualify under the National Free Lunch and Breakfast programs.


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