GREAT FALLS – Great Falls Public Schools are reminding families with furloughed federal workers that their children may qualify for free and reduced lunch.
Families with changing financial situations are always welcome to apply for the program but now schools are seeing a renewed need.
“At the beginning of every school year we encourage all families to apply for our free and reduced lunch program,” said North Middle School Principal Tara Rosipal. “At the beginning of the year maybe they have a hardship or maybe they would qualify for the service, right now what we have going on is with the government shut down we have people who aren’t aware of it.”
The price of a standard lunch is $2.60 cents for elementary and $2.65 for secondary students.
The reduced rate lunch is just 40 cents unless the family qualifies for free meals.
School administrators said North Middle School already has 42 percent of students on free or reduced lunch but they are seeing more need.
You can apply for the program online by following this link.
Reporting by Joe Huisinga for MTN News