GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - This school year every student in the Grand Rapids school district will eat lunch for free. Grand Rapids Public Schools is participating in a USDA pilot program called the Community Eligibility Program. The purpose is to put the focus back on nutrition.
As part of the program, GRPS Food Services Director Paul Baumgartner says students also will be seeing a few changes to the lunch menu this year.
"They are going to see a larger variety of beans, legumes, fruits and vegetables than they've ever seen before which we're really excited about because it's something we really believe in, so we're saying we want students to build their tray a healthier way."
And that includes taking at least one fruit or vegetable, which will be enforced. If a student doesn't take one, they will have to pay full price for their meal instead of eating for free.