All students in East Feliciana Parish Schools can now receive a free breakfast and lunch, thanks to the district’s participation in a federal nutrition program.

Students will receive the meals under the Community Eligibility Provision of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, which provide federal funding for school meals for all students in eligible communities without increasing any funding or tax burden on local residents, according to a news release.

“We are excited to bring this program to East Feliciana Parish,” said DeShonda Coleman, supervisor of Ancillary and Instructional Support Services. “We hope these free healthy meals will give students the energy they need to focus on their learning and give families financial relief during these difficult economic times.”

Superintendent Carlos J. Sam said district officials are committed to being good stewards of the resources provided to East Feliciana Parish schools by the community.

"Participating in this program reduces bureaucratic paperwork, saves the district money and allows us to focus our resources and attention on teaching and learning in each of our district’s classrooms,” Sam said.

Students at Clinton, Jackson and Slaughter elementary schools, East Feliciana Middle and East Feliciana High, as well as East Feliciana Enrichment Academy, are eligible to participate in the program.

Parents and guardians do not need to pay any fees or fill out any forms for their children to qualify.

Additional information about the program can be found online at efschools.net or by calling (225) 683-8277.