Pinellas serving thousands of dinners to students
Pinellas County Schools is in the dinner business.
The school district is serving 2,000 to 3,000 hot dinners a day this year to students at low-income schools. That number is going to increase as more schools are phased in. Right now, there are about 18 elementary and middle schools. Fifteen more schools should be up and running by the first week of December, according to the school district.
The district hopes to have dinner programs at 60 to 65 schools by spring break. Schools must have a minimum of 50 percent of students on subsidized lunch in order to offer the dinners. Pinellas gets reimbursed by the federal government to provide the free dinners to students.
Pinellas already serves breakfast and lunch to students in need. The dinner program is new this year.
Students get the hot meals by attending after-school programs. Their parents can come and eat with them if they pay for the meal. Students receive hot sandwiches, juice or fruit, a vegetable and milk.
Sexton Elementary was the first school to get the program.
We'll have an update about the program in the Times later this week. Read the story from when it was first announced here.