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All South Sioux City Community School students to receive free meals

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SOUTH SIOUX CITY, NE (KTIV) -- All South Sioux City Community School students will receive free meals through the end of the year, the district announced Monday night.

The funding for the service comes from the United States Department of Agriculture. The free meals include breakfast and lunch and start Sept. 21.

However, the district says it won't see a large increase in students taking advantage of the free meals, since almost 80% of students are already on free or reduced lunch.

The pandemic's affected how school lunch functions.

"The participation is really down here with the hybrid model…the customers have been cut in half for us. So we served 700, we're probably serving 300, 400 now. It's really effected us," Mike Penne, South Sioux's food director, said.

The district says it hopes this service helps those families who haven't filled out the free and reduced lunch application yet, and that it gives them time to get it in.

Claire Bradshaw

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