Schools receiving federal funding for free breakfast, lunches

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This year, more students will have access to free breakfast and lunch at school.

It’s all thanks to a federal program that’s allowing more schools to qualify for funding.

The impact will reach children all over the state.

Hunger can be a barrier to learning.

This year, every student could have the chance to get free lunch and free breakfast.

In fact, schools all over the state are receiving federal funding to give children in their community’s free meals.

A hearty meal can go a long way and this year school districts all over the state will feed thousands of children.

“You come to school, come in the lunch line and we feed you,” said Greg Boulanger, Director of Food Service at Bristol Public Schools.

A federal program expanded the eligibility requirements to qualify for funding.

For Bristol, it means 7 out of their 12 public schools can now afford to provide breakfast and lunch to all students for free!

“Two years ago, when we first did it we served 98,000 more meals. The kids at Bristol need it. We took advantage of it and were very anxious to get it out there to see the impact,” said Boulanger.

Other districts qualifying for the program include Meriden, Hartford, and New Haven, but the list stretches across the state helping thousands of families.

“I think that’s a wonderful opportunity. I think there’s a lot of children who may not get those things at home so to have the school provide it the majority of the year they’ll get those meals,” said Lorie Lund of Colchester.

Many students told Channel 3 they simply can’t focus when their stomach is rumbling.

“I know when I’m in school I am always hungry. That’s just me, so I feel like that would be great,” said Nora Costanzo of Glastonbury.

And no child should ever go hungry.

“I was a teacher in my previous career choice and kids just can’t learn if they’re hungry. If they go to school hungry all they are thinking about is when I’m going to get my next meal. They're not thinking about math and science and all that stuff. So, if they need it it’s a great opportunity for them,” said Jen Costanzo of Glastonbury.

There are schools all over the state taking part in this program.

To see the entire list of districts with the program, click here.

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