User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


56° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

A School Lunch For Everyone

December 7, 2012, 10:05 PM by Peggy Moyer

A School Lunch For Everyone
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

The numbers are up when it comes to school lunch, but this particular number isn't one anybody wants to see. Nearly half of students in South Dakota now qualify for discounted meals.

More than 140,000 students are educated in South Dakota each day. And when it comes to lunch time, more than 40 percent of our state's children qualify for free and reduced price meals.

It's a number that's been climbing for more than 10 years, but took a more dramatic jump in recent years, coinciding with the latest recession.

"We all know that the food costs are rising. We know that utilities are rising. We know the price of gas is rising. So, we are all impacted by a variety of issues that are impacted all over the nation," Sioux Falls School District child nutrition specialist Joni Davis said.

South Dakota's numbers look like this: In 2002, an average of 33 percent of students qualified for free or reduced price meals. At the beginning of the recession, the average was up to 38 percent.

Last year the state topped out at more than 42 percent and officials with the Department of Education expect that number to be even higher in 2012.

In Sioux Falls, the trend is similar. More than 45 percent of students qualify for assistance from the federal meal program.

The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 re-authorized the federal lunch program. The main objective is to make sure all kids have access to the school lunch program.

"Getting something at breakfast and lunch is just critical. Our goal is to make sure that every child is able to succeed in the future at whatever they may challenge or attempt to do," Davis said.

"I like the variety that they have. They introduce a lot of new foods to my children. My children are Native American so they are not used to eating certain kinds of food and since we moved up here, they've tried different kinds of stuff," Sioux Falls parent Holona Romero said.

In addition to tougher economic times for families, Davis predicts the number of children qualifying for assistance is up because the national program uses a new reporting method where the paperwork doesn't need to go home in children's backpacks.

"We have had a larger increase this fall than in the past but I would share with you that one of the reasons is because of the Health Hunger Free Kids Act in 2010. Social Services departments electronically shares information with school districts on families that participate in the SNAPS [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program],” Davis said.

And in turn, the federal government reimburses school districts for the free and reduced price meals as laid out in the rules of the national meal program.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View featured stories

You may also like

Trooper Steen's Road To Recovery

4/14/2014 10:11 PM

In uniform and behind the wheel, South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Andrew Steen has returned to the job he left 18 months ago after he was seriously...

Full Story | Watch
Deep Connection Behind Swimming Lessons

4/16/2014 10:19 PM

For most children, swimming lessons are a great time to make a big splash.

Full Story | Watch
Inside KELOLAND: What's Next For Sioux Falls?

4/13/2014 2:30 PM

Following decades of debate, the city of Sioux Falls is one step closer to an indoor pool. But there's still a lot of work that needs to be done b...

Full Story | Watch
Raven Goes Green

4/15/2014 10:10 PM

Nearly 80 percent of businesses surveyed say a shortage of natural resources will affect their business in the next three to five years. 

Full Story | Watch
Ready For Social Media?

4/13/2014 10:05 PM

But when it comes to kids, how old should they be before they start friending people on the social network?

Full Story | Watch


Events

 
 
KELOLAND TV: 501 S. Phillips Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605.336.1100 · Breaking News call: 1-800-888-5356
Web Site Design and Custom Programming By: Lawrence & Schiller© 2014 KELO-TV -- KELOLAND.COM -- ALL RIGHTS RESERVED