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Free meals for all Sherman elementary students

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Sherman elementary students now get free breakfast and lunch, no strings attached. (KTEN) Sherman elementary students now get free breakfast and lunch, no strings attached. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- Breakfast and lunch are now free of charge for all elementary students in the Sherman Independent School District.

The district says the benefit is provided by a federal program called the Community Eligibility Provision

"This provision allows all students that attend Sherman ISD elementary schools, Fred Douglass Learning Center and Perrin Learning Center... they'll just be able to receive free breakfast and lunch," said Mandy Stephens, the district's food service director. "It's all elementary schools across the district ... regardless of socioeconomic standard."

That means parents struggling to make ends meet no longer have to apply for free or reduced-price meals, reducing financial stress and improving the health and wellness of students.

"When children have full bellies, they can concentrate more on their studies, their academics, and then just be more rounded for the school," Stephens said. 

So kids no longer have to worry about having lunch money; everyone's equal.

"We are so excited for this opportunity that all students will be able to be provided a healthy, nutritious meal," Stephens said. "It really just opens up the opportunity for every child to receive that meal, and be able to have a successful academic day."

The CEP program runs for four years, after which the district will have to re-apply.

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