Beginning in August, children in Shelby County Schools will be provided a free meal in the morning and in the afternoon.
Starting Aug. 5, students involved in after school programs will be provided with an afternoon supper.
Anthony Geraci, the Executive Director of Child Nutrition for the school district, says the breakfast and late afternoon meals are to satisfy the 160,000 children who wait hours for a meal in between lunch and dinner.
"It's unrealistic that a teacher is going to deliver a lesson plan to a bunch of kids that are hungry or jacked up on sugar," Geraci said. "They don't learn. what we find was schools that did breakfast in the classroom did better on the TCAP testing scores than other schools.
"So make sure that you send your kids to school ready to learn and we will take care of the meals."
The free supper program is not intended to be a dinner replacement, simply an addition to students' nutrition.