RACINE — Racine Unified will not be leaving the federal lunch program, which provides subsidies for serving free or reduced-price meals to low-income students, said Mary Dumont, resident district manager of Arbor Management, Unified’s food service provider.
Other districts are leaving the federal program because of new food healthiness requirements.
But Unified has too many students receiving free or reduced-price lunches to make leaving the program financially viable, Dumont said. About 65 percent of Unified students get free or reduced-price lunches, according to district spokeswoman Stacy Tapp.
Dumont added Unified also won’t leave because the healthier meals give students what they need.
“If you put everything on the student’s tray that they are allowed to take with the school lunch program, it’s a wonderful meal,” she said. “It certainly would provide the nutrients and appetite satisfaction to get to the next meal.”