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Picayune School District students will receive free meals

Free breakfasts and lunches will be available to all Picayune School District students in the upcoming school year, said Food Service Director Debbie Byrd.

The school district has been accepted again into the Community Eligibility Program, a federal program that will pay for the free meals.

The program runs for four year cycles, and the district was accepted into the program for the next four years after completing a previous four year cycle.

Adult meals will be $2.50 for breakfast and $3.75 for lunch.

For the first eight days of the semester, the schools will be serving sack lunches with a hot sandwich.

Some students will eat in the classroom instead of the cafeteria to ensure social distancing, said Byrd. Where students eat lunch may change as the school year progresses and the district’s schools make adjustments.

The district has been providing free Grab and Go meals for children since March 17. Those will continue until July 31.