HAYWARD -- All students at five Hayward schools will be offered free lunches and breakfasts this school year, regardless of income.
"This ensures that students at those schools receive a breakfast and a lunch to help them during their academic day," said Assistant Superintendent Stanley Dobbs.
The five schools are Cherryland Elementary, Glassbrook Elementary, Longwood Elementary, Tyrrell Elementary and Winton Middle. They were selected because at least 85 percent of their students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.
The school district will cover the cost of the additional breakfasts and lunches by reducing administrative expenses, according to Robin Jones, Hayward Unified director of food services. "We're a self-sustaining program. We don't want to take money away from education," she said.
All families with students attending the five schools still are being asked to fill out applications for free and reduced-price meals. School begins Thursday at most campuses.