Children getting food is Cache County School District’s number one priority in school lunch program

Only 12 out of 100 children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the school year in Utah also receive summer meals.

Surveys show one in five Utah children live in households where the family struggles to afford enough food. That’s why there has been so much indignation after the food that was suppose to go to children at Uintah Elementary School in Salt Lake City was thrown away.

The children got only milk and fruit because their parents were behind in their school lunch bills.

Scott Rigby, support service supervisor for the Cache County School District, was a guest on <a href=”″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s For the People program Monday</a> and said what happened at that school was an unfortunate situation. He said children getting food is the number one priority in his district’s lunch program. He said there is an easy-pay program.

“We have website that parents can go to,” Rigby explained.

“They can actually check their school lunch balances online. You don’t have to register, you don’t have to actually put money in to check your school balances.

“You can go online, any parent can, and it’s on our school district website: <a href=”” target=”_blank”></a>.”

Rigby said he feels good about the way the district’s lunch program is administered under Susan King. King is the nutrition coordinator for the district and she said approximately 32 percent of the children fall under the free and reduced category.

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