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Kids attending Central Elementary will enjoy a free breakfast and lunch this school year.

One of the biggest concerns surrounding the COVID pandemic that has kept kids out of school is making sure students who depend on those daily meals have enough to eat.

It was one of the arguments some health officials made when it came to making the case for reopening schools.

With a new school year now just days away, Stephenville ISD is in the process of notifying parents how they can qualify for free and reduced lunch for their children.

Applications and guidelines to qualify can be found at

But here’s the big news: All students at Central Elementary will receive free meals this year after becoming designated as a Community Eligibility School.

“We are excited that all the students on Central campus will eat breakfast and lunch for free,” SISD Director of Child Nutrition Cheryl Dowell told Beneath the Surface News.

The program reduces burdens for families and school administrators and helps ensure that all students receive nutritious meals.

What a fantastic way to start a new school year.


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