Enrollment In Reduced Lunches Up At LPS

As the economy continues to falter, more Lincoln families than even before are turning to free or reduced price lunches at school to save some extra money at home.

Lincoln Public Schools says there has been an increase in families applying for free or reduced meals for their kids at school and the trend is expected to keep climbing. Lincoln Public Schools provides lunches to thousands of children every day and for some of those families the cost of everyday meals is too high.

That's why LPS provides free or reduced price meals to families that fit the requirements. And the program continues to grow each year.

Edith Zumwalt says from last year to this school year the program has seen around a 6 percent increase and says the economy and higher enrolement are the cause. She says, “I think a lot of it is the economy because parents are looking for ways to save money if their child can eat school breakfast and school lunch it saves them that money and they can use that money to pay for the things that have gone up.

And being a part of this program also has some other perks. Families eligible may also be eligible for other programsthat help low income families like Kid's Connection, City Impact, and Nebraska Children's Health Insurance program. And Zumwalt says she encourages familes who would qualify to get involved.

Again free or reduced price meals are set by the USDA and accept families based on their gross income and the number in their family. If you think you quailify you can apply online at www.lps.org or stop by the LPS office at 5901 O street. You can also apply in person at your child's school.