Free breakfast available for all students in the 22-23 school year
A state program launched by Governor Tom Wolf will provide free breakfast to Red Lion students and other schools across the state no matter what their income level. The program will go into effect here at school Monday, Oct. 3.
Breakfast is available daily from 7:15-7:38 am, before the first period. The process for getting breakfast will not change. Students will need to use their ID or lunch number pin so they can keep track of who gets breakfast in the mornings.
Junior Destiny Hildebrand is glad that breakfast is available at school so she can still eat without getting up early.
“My bus comes at 6:35 so I would have to get up at 5:30 if I wanted to eat at home,” Hildebrand said. “It’s nice that it’s free because then I don’t have to pay for it.”
Cafeteria manager Bridgett Shifflet has been preparing her staff for the change but says much will stay the same.
“Students will still come into the cafeteria serving area through the commons and then they will be able to get a bag,” Shifflet said. “They will be able to fill their bag… to make a complete breakfast.”
According to the PA Department of Education, a complete breakfast includes five components; one whole grain, one dairy, one or two fruits, and a protein item.
For Red Lion, a variety of fruits, and a grain can be combined with cheese sticks and yogurt to fulfill the protein requirement. A choice of 1%, fat-free, and dairy-free milk top of the choices.
Breakfast and lunch menus are posted on the SUN site for students. They can be found under “Meal Menus”.