WFISD prepare to feed kids amidst government shutdown

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The Wichita Falls Independent School District prepare for what may come if school lunches are impacted by the federal government shutdown

The National School Lunch Program provides 30 million children with free breakfast, lunch and dinner. The program is funded through the department of agriculture. 

Typically, thanks to school meal programs, the government pays school districts back for meals they cover up front. When the shutdown began, it received priority and the USDA was able to get funding until March.

“Tex Department Agriculture is the one we submit our claims for reimbursements for the federal free lunch and free breakfast programs. They told us that based on their current claim numbers we probably have federal funding through about April 15,” WFISD Superintendent Michael Kuhrt said. 

Kuhrt said parents shouldn’t worry if the government shutdown lasts beyond that. He said the school district will find the funds to feed the children.

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