Free meals for students in Kern County schools

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Posted at 5:52 PM, Aug 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-17 20:52:47-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Many children in Kern County returned to school Wednesday and good news for parents: they won't have to worry about paying for lunches this school year.

The Kern County Superintendent of Schools recently announced all 46 public schools in the district will provide free meals during the school day. It's part of the recently adopted statewide "Universal Meal Program" going into effect this month.

From now until June of next year each public school will provide free breakfast and lunch every day that classes are in session.

There's no application needed.