Elementary students who attend Webster Parish schools will receive free breakfast and lunch for 2017-2018.

Thanks to a federal program, all schools will offer the free meals to students in Pre-K through sixth grade regardless of household income.

In a special meeting Monday, the Webster Parish School Board voted unanimously to allow these children to eat free through the Community Eligibility Provision. It didn’t go without discussion after the vote, though.

Finance Director Crevonne Odom said she did the math, and it could have changed the board’s mind about selecting the choice given.

“We are prepared to present that, but you have already voted,


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