Free Meals Available to All Livingston Parish Students for 2017-2018 School Year

Free Meals Available to All Livingston Parish Students for 2017-2018 School Year
Posted on 08/15/2017
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For Immediate Release – July 18, 2017

Contact: Delia Taylor, APR, at 225-931-0285 or, Superintendent Rick Wentzel or Director of Child Nutrition Leah Smith at 225-686-7044.


Free Meals Available to All Livingston Parish Students 
for 2017-2018 School Year

‚Äč            LIVINGSTON, LA – All students enrolled in Livingston Parish Public Schools will be eligible to receive a free, healthy breakfast and lunch for the 2017-2018 school year, according to Superintendent Rick Wentzel.

            “This is a tremendous cost savings opportunities for our families, many of whom are still struggling to recover from the devastating flood damage in August 2016,” Wentzel said.  He noted that the program is part of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP).

            “I want to encourage all our families to take advantage of this service.  It’s important that students utilize the free meals, beginning at the start of the school year,” he said.

            Director of Child Nutrition Leah Smith noted proper nutrition is an important part of a student’s overall wellness, which is important to mental and physical development. 

   “Our menus consist of a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or reduced fat entrees, as well as, low-fat or fat-free milk choices.  Our cafeterias are continuously striving to improve our program and customer satisfaction,” Smith said.

    Smith said students are offered a minimum of five components each day for lunch.  For the upcoming school year, 23 of the 43 schools are implementing some form of “Breakfast on the Go.”  Breakfast kiosks will be located at student drop-off points providing students an opportunity to receive a “Breakfast Grab Bag.”  The weekly menus include both hot and cold entrees.  Some items offered would include sausage biscuits, French toast sticks, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal bars, and breakfast pizza.

            District cafeterias offer a variety of extra sale items in addition to the free meals, Smith said.  Those extra sale items include bottled water, fruit juice, baked chips, snack mix, pizza and ice cream, and cost between 50-cents and $1.  Students cannot charge extra sale items, but must have money in their cafeteria accounts or present cash at the time of purchase. 

   Parents may monitor cafeteria accounts at  Smith recommended checking the Child Nutrition Department’s website, and Facebook and Twitter pages for updates regarding menus and events occurring in the cafeteria.

Notice of Discrimination

The Livingston Parish School Board does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, national origin, disability or gender in its educational programs and activities (including employment and application for employment), and it is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of gender by Title IX (20 USC 168) and on the basis of disability by Section 504 (42 USC 794). The Title IX Coordinator is Stephen Parrill

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