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Fighting for free lunch
Hailey York and Cody Darnell enjoy nutritious school lunches that include fruit and salad in this file photo taken in the Irving College cafeteria.

There is such a thing as a free lunch.
Warren County students can enjoy one each and every school day. Breakfast too.
But this free meal program, now in its third year, is in jeopardy, according school system nutrition director Sandy Dawes. She says the federal government is considering raising the eligibility requirement to a level where Warren County would no longer qualify for free meals for all students.
“This is one of the best benefits there is for parents of school-age children,” said Dawes. “It provides free breakfast and lunch to all our students, regardless of income. We offer some great meals at our schools and good nutrition is key to providing the best learning environment possible. It’s a win-win for everyone for us to keep this.”
Dawes says Warren County qualifies under current standards because at least 40 percent of our students are classified as economically disadvantaged. A proposal floating in Congress would raise that mark to 60 percent, a threshold Warren County does not meet.
“If that were to happen we would return to our old system of free, reduced, and paid lunches,” said Dawes. “I would like for everyone to contact their congressman and tell them you don’t want this to happen."
Sen. Bob Corker can be reached at (202) 224-3344. Sen. Lamar Alexander can be reached at (202) 224-4944. Congressman Scott DesJarlais can be called at (202) 225-6831.