GRAVES Co, Ky -
For the past four years, Graves County Public Schools offered free breakfast and lunch during the summer months. During those years, Superintendent Kim Harrison said the district saw an annual decrease in interest.
"The key to successful program like that is the participation rate. The participation rate was low and it was consistently staying low," she said.
Harrison said the district was losing money. So this year, Graves County is opting out of the program.
"It was not cost effective. We were out more costs in services than we were the participation," Harrison said.
She is now in talks with Mayfield City Schools about sending the children to its program. Another option is the Senior Citizens Center. As a former teacher, she said she's seen kids go hungry and doesn't want those who've relied on the program in the past to feel neglected.
"You see that not only in the physical but emotional needs as well. It does, if you care anything about kids, it's going to rip your heart out," she said.
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