Metro Schools Provide Dinner To Students

Posted at 11:03 PM, Nov 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 00:03:19-05

Metro Schools are helping students and families with the expansion of its after-school supper program.

The program, which addresses hunger at home, is in its third year.

It is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program and has more than doubled since the program began, expanding to 35 sites this school year.

"About 2,000 students get a free dinner before leaving school each day," Metro School's director of extended learning Jennifer Bell said.

Students who qualify also receive breakfast and lunch at no cost thanks to funding.

Bell said the third meal ensures students are going home with supper and not just snack meals in the evening.

"Metro Schools offer some plethora of initiatives in after school programs that are designed to meet the needs of our students whether from an academic perspective, from a social and emotional perspective, and from a health and wellness perspective, " Bell said.

Meals will be served to students who are enrolled in the applicable after-school programs immediately upon school dismissal for no cost at the following schools.