Knox County Schools ends free lunch to all students, which had been offered during the pandemic

·1 min read

Since students returned to Knox County Schools after the pandemic shutdown in 2020, all students have been able to enjoy free breakfasts and lunches.

A federal waiver made it possible, but that is ending.

Knox County School announced to families that, starting in August, free breakfasts and lunches will only be provided to children who qualify.

"...The only students who will receive no-cost or reduced-price meals during the 2022-23 school year are those whose free and reduced-price meal application has been approved," the district wrote.

More: Knox County Schools freshmen will have a reimagined high school experience. Here's what to expect

Students attending a community eligibility provision school will have no-cost meals, and more information is coming.

For the upcoming school year, here are the costs: breakfast is $2; elementary lunch is $2.75; middle and high school lunch is $3.

To apply for free and reduced-price meals, go to lunchapplication.com after July 1. Free and reduced-price meal applications will be available at all school sites.

This article originally appeared on Knoxville News Sentinel: Knox County Schools ends free lunch to all students for 2022-23 year