Students receive access to free lunch, breakfast

Noah McFatridge, Student Life Reporter

Until the end of December, Duncan Middle School students will have access until free breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria.

The cafeteria stands mostly empty at the end of breakfast on the first day of school. Free breakfasts and lunches are being provided through December. (Dylan Harty)

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture made an announcement about extending requirements that would allow schools across the United States to provide free meals to all students, which includes the traditional lunch line.

This program change started in smaller school districts but has moved up to larger districts, including Duncan. Although the traditional lunch and breakfast lines are included in the free meals, students using the a la carte are not included.

Eighth-grader Landon Thacker said he likes the change.

“I like it because it helps students not pay for lunch because it would cost way too much,” Thacker said.

The free meals will be available until the start of Winter Break. As of now, the second semester will not have this deal available.

It’s unclear if this free meal plan will continue if Duncan returns to distance learning.