Huntsville City Schools to offer free breakfast for all students

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Doctors call it the most important meal of the day, and starting Wednesday, if your student attends Huntsville City Schools, they'll be able to eat breakfast for free.

“We didn’t want kids coming up with pocket change and handing money and so forth," said Dr. Casey Wardynski, the Huntsville City Schools superintendent.

Wardynski says he and Chief Financial Officer Jason Taylor have been working on this initiative for months.  “If 60% of kids in that school can eat for free, under the federal program, we can feed all the kids for free," he said.

Also a part of the change, students will be able to eat their breakfast in the classroom, lunchroom, or library. The superintendent says it's all about making their students prepared and equipped for the workforce.  “Just like businessmen do. They get to work, bring a cup of coffee, a roll," says Wardynski.

He also sees the potential for community building, when everyone is joined at the table. “A teacher can find out how things are going with the kids at home. How to start the day with building relationships and then a full belly so they’re not going to see the nurse about 10 o’clock saying, 'I’m hungry,'" the superintendent said.

It's important to note, this only applies to breakfast. The free lunch program is only for students who qualify through the federal program.