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All DISD Students To Get Free Breakfast and Lunch

Apparently, 89 percent of students were getting either free or reduced lunches, anyway — as it happens, my kid was one of the 11 percent; he only buys lunch on Wednesday, when some sort of chicken dish is served, I think, maybe — so the district has decided that no one has to pay the full $2.93 anymore. Or, at least until 2017, when DISD will look at the situation again. It saves the district the $300,000 it was spending to “hire more temporary workers, send information about the program to homes, and make calls to student’s parents,” and DISD thinks they might actually come out of this ahead since students, in theory, will have more money to spend on snacks. Of course, that is underestimating some parents’ ability to ever remember to send money with their kids for virtually anything — book fairs, school pictures, etc. — so I wouldn’t put a ton of cash on that bet.

  • gimmethewooby

    So is this more of the free stuff we were promised in the 2012 presidential race? Sweet.

  • billholston

    How about parents spending some of that reimbursing the teachers for the hundreds of dollars they all spend every year for school supplies, making their own copies and food and treats for the kids.

  • Zac Crain

    Fantastic idea, Bill.

  • DallasMom

    I think this makes a lot of sense. Instead of building a complex and costly process to disseminate information and communicate the enrollment process, if 89% of students qualify just open it to everyone. Not everyone will take DISD up on the offer of a free lunch.

    My daughter is in a DISD high school and we have received 2 mailed notices reminding us to “enroll” in the free lunch program. Anyone can just look at the post code to which the letters were sent and know we should be paying for our own lunch. It saddens me that DISD has to prove to someone that they told us of the option to enroll, and spent money doing so that could be spent on other programs to help students and teachers.