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5 Madison County schools will offer free meals to all students

MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Starting Monday, five schools in Madison County will offer free breakfast and lunch to all students.

It's called the Community Eligibility Program.

Five schools have qualified. In order to be eligible, 40% of the school's student population must qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Daniel Boone Elementary, Kirksville Elementary, Waco Elementary, Madison Kindergarten Academy, and Bellevue Learning Center will all take part this school year.

"We can guarantee you at these schools, that every child in these five schools will have a hot breakfast and a hot lunch," said Madison County Schools COO Randy Neeley.

Neeley says there are 1,700 students at the five schools.

The federal program is not just for this year, it's locked in for four school years.

"I think it's a great thing for our students to know that they are going to be fed," said Karla Bingham, a mother and teacher at Kirksville Elementary.

Money parents already put into lunch accounts can be refunded.


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