All Indianapolis Public Schools students will get a free breakfast, lunch and snack of fresh fruit or vegetable starting this fall and continuing for the next four years under a federal program the School Board voted Tuesday to join.
Superintendent Lewis Ferebee said providing every student with a meal will improve health and increase focus in the classroom. Too many IPS families, he said, lack access to fresh food in their neighborhoods.
"Hunger and having a healthy lunch and breakfast should not be a barrier to teaching and learning," Ferebee said. "It's our mission to remove every barrier to teaching and learning. I don't want a stomach growling. I don't want somebody thinking about lunch or breakfast.