Parents with students in Beloit and select schools in Janesville will have one less expense to worry about when it comes to back-to-school shopping.
The national Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act helps schools provide free meals for students throughout the school year.
"We are feeding children year-round. We are taking the initiative to make sure they have the ability to learn, have the nutrition so they can go to class," said Jim Degan, Janesville School District's manager of school nutrition.
Every student in the district of Beloit will receive free meals this school year. In Janesville, Degan said five out of 20 schools have qualified for the program.
"It really isn't costing the government more money for reimbursements, they are just redirecting how they are allowing for those reimbursements," he said.
Districts will receive federal reimbursements to cover the cost they would have made from selling meals.