Free lunch programs provide meals for students in need, as well as help provide funding for the school. Bath, Dansville, DeWitt, and Holt Public Schools share similarities in their programs including how they’re reimbursed and how to sign up for the program. “There is a big need for kids to eat a free meal, at least in our district,” said Cathy Zeeb, the food service director for the Bath District Public Schools
“That might be the only meal they get to eat all day long, it’s necessary,” she said. Chris Salmon, Food Service Director for Dansville and Mason public schools, echoed Zeeb’s statement, and added another reason why the programs are important. “The program is important because it give the kids a well balanced lunch, but it also helps fund itself and help with other funding,” Salmon said.