In a downtrodden economy, parents are turning to the government for help cutting costs anyway they can. Thanks to the National School Lunch Program, eligible families have their children's lunches--and sometimes breakfasts--provided free of charge by the government, saving about $5 a week per child.
It may not seem like much, but for a typical 40-week school year, that's $200 per child. For a multiple-child household already struggling to make ends meet, that help makes a world of difference.
The money for the lunches comes from the government, compensating the school for the cost of the food. The cost of a lunch in the Cape Henlopen School District is 90 cents for elementary school students, $1 for middle school students and $1.25 for high school students.