K945, The Hit Music Channel logo
Get our free mobile app

One of the most important things to know about the lunch kids are served in Louisiana schools is this: For a lot of kids across the state, this is the only meal of the day they can count on.  No matter the circumstances that lead up to this sobering fact, it's important to remember.  Now, imagine that a child comes from an extremely poor household that might have trouble coming up with the cash to pay for even these low-priced meals.  That's the sad reality in a lot of places across the country.  Thankfully, Louisiana won't be one of those places for the 2022-2023 school year.

Fatty Foods Under Attack In Texas Schools
Photo by Jana Birchum/Getty Images

Louisiana and 7 Other States are The Latest to Join the Free and/or Reduced Price Lunch Program

According to a report from US News and World Report, Louisiana is one of 8 states the The U.S. Department of Agriculture has added to a program they started in 2012 to make sure the kids who are most vulnerable to food insecurity will get their school lunch for free.  Reportedly, if a child is covered by Medicaid - they are automatically enrolled in the initiative.

Louisiana will be welcomed as a newcomer to this program with 7 other states: Alabama, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, and South Carolina.  That brings the total of participating states to 26.

Daily Life At A Secondary School
Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

More Than a Million Kids Will Get Free or Reduced Price School Lunch Now that Louisiana Has Joined

According to the USDA, this latest move brings the number of kids certified for free meals across the nation to 1 million with more than 260,000 receiving reduced-price meals.  While there have been several school systems in Louisiana that have made lunches free through a similar program made possible through state and federal grants (including Bossier Parish schools), this option hasn't open to every single school in the state until now.

These Amazing Louisiana Kids Are Looking for a Forever Home

If you grew up in a home with at least one of your parents, count your blessings. If you've got room in your home and your heart, maybe you could be that blessing for one (or more) of these amazing kids. If you'd like to find out more about adoption or foster care, you can visit the experts at Adopt US Kids.

The 13 Best Fried-Chicken Joints in Shreveport/Bossier

Anybody with half a brain can fry chicken, but that's not what we're interested in here - we're looking for the best! These are the masters of southern-style yard-bird in our neck of the woods.

The Top 10 Biggest High School Football Stadiums in Louisiana

It's no secret that high school football is King in Louisiana, but do you know who's palace is the biggest? Based on seating capacity, these are the biggest high school stadiums in all of Louisiana!

More From K945, The Hit Music Channel