/Interactive map With school closures, where can children eat for free

Interactive map With school closures, where can children eat for free

Mississippi News is a non-profit news organization. The Coronavirus has shut down Mississippi schools for the rest of the school year. This leaves thousands without the food they need. Children who are on public assistance or whose household income is below 130 percent of poverty level can receive free lunch. For example, a family of four could get $34,000. Family incomes between 130 and 185 per cent of the poverty line are eligible for reduced-price lunches. According to Mississippi Today data, 74.9 percent public school students are eligible for a reduced or free lunch this school year. Although schools may be closed, many districts in the state continue to offer meals on a “grab and go” basis. This means that any child younger than 18 years old can receive a meal for free. Some districts deliver meals on bus routes, and adults can buy lunch at certain sites for as little as $2. Mississippi Today has compiled a list with sites that offer free meals to students. This list will be updated frequently. Support this work by making a regular donation today. Our reporters bring a human face to policy’s impact on everyday Mississippians by listening more closely and understanding those who live in Mississippi. To ensure that our work is aligned with the priorities and needs of all Mississippians, we are listening to you. Click the button below to let us know what you think.