“Nutrition is fuel for the body and the brain. Without proper nutrition, a student cannot learn and excel in the classroom.”
Assistant Director, District 6 Nutrition Services
No Child Deserves to be Hungry
Meal debt is a huge issue across our nation right now. It’s become quite controversial, as districts choose options such as serving students different meals than their more fortunate classmates, leading to bullying, forbidding them to go to school activities such as homecoming or prom, and threatening to turn children in to Child Protective Services.
Greeley-Evans School District 6 serves every student the same meal everyday no matter the debt in their account. 67% of our students are on free-and-reduced lunch, and it is common for school lunch to be their only meal of the day.
Did you know?
Child nutrition ties directly to student achievement.
Have you ever been sitting at your desk working on a big project when all of sudden you feel so hungry that you can’t stop thinking about food? Your stomach is grumbling in agony as the minutes slowly tick until your lunch break. Your mouth starts watering thinking about the delicious sandwich or leftovers you packed.
Now, think about being a student. You’re hungry. School lunch is quite possibly the only meal you get everyday. You can’t think, you can’t focus, all you are doing is counting down the seconds to lunch. You finally get to the cafeteria and you’re greeted with…Meal Debt.
District 6 Nutrition Services is committed to ensuring all students have the opportunity to receive healthy meals, regardless of their financial situation or account balances. Many of our families live at a level just high enough that they do not qualify for free meal services, and low enough that paying for school meals is not always possible. Regardless, students in District 6 receive the same healthy meals on a daily basis. As a result, student meal debt does accumulate and is currently $147,819 District-wide. If this debt is not paid off, it must be absorbed by the District’s general fund, which has already been negatively impacted as a result of our current health and economic crisis. The Success Foundation is committed to raising funds so all programs can thrive and students have what they need to reach their greatest potential.