PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - August 12, 2020 


Former VP Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.


2020Talks - August 12, 2020 


California Sen. Kamala Harris will be on the ticket with Joe Biden in November. Four states had primaries yesterday, and two had runoffs. Georgia and Wisconsin appear to have improved since last time.

New Program Makes Free Meals Available for Missouri School Kids

PHOTO: While breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, too many Missouri kids still go without. There is hope that could change, with a successful federal program expanding to the state starting this fall. Photo credit: Infographe_Elle/morguefile.com.
PHOTO: While breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, too many Missouri kids still go without. There is hope that could change, with a successful federal program expanding to the state starting this fall. Photo credit: Infographe_Elle/morguefile.com.
July 31, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – This fall, a new program available in Missouri will offer nutritious breakfasts and lunches for free to all students at qualifying schools – as long as administrators do their homework by the end of August.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) applies to schools in areas with a high concentration of children receiving assistance, but the free meals will apply to all families, regardless of their income.

Karen Wooton, coordinator of food and nutrition services with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, says the program will remove many obstacles.

"There would be no stigma whatsoever attached to a child receiving a meal at a school, because they'd all be eating free," explains Wooton. "There's a reduction in paperwork for sure, at the school level; a reduction of paperwork for the parents – they wouldn't have to fill out the free or reduced-price meal applications."

To qualify, more than 40 percent of a school's students must be certified to receive free and reduced-price meals. School leaders must apply by Aug. 31, on the Department of Education's website.

According to the Missouri Association for Social Welfare, one out of every four families in the state with children faces food insecurity at some point during the month. Executive Director Jeanette Mott Oxford says this program can help fill some of those holes.

"You can't really feed your family all month long on a food-stamp budget, you're going to run out," says Mott Oxford. "So, every meal that a child has at school helps stretch those dollars more, so that families get more nutrition at home."

CEP was piloted in several states last year, and was found to increase participation in school breakfast programs by as much as 25 percent. The state estimates more than 125 districts across Missouri are eligible for the program.

Mona Shand, Public News Service - MO