School food services safe from government shutdown until November

By: Sara Zendehnam Email
By: Sara Zendehnam Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) District 51 students won't be feeling hunger pains due to the government shutdown.

Although 70-percent of nutritional services are federally funded through the Department of Agriculture, funding is still available.

Many low-income families rely on these programs to keep their kids full throughout the day.

"Those that take advantage of it are those that have the highest need there really is a hunger need with those students and those families," Dan Sharp, District 51.

Funding for food services is separate from general school funding which comes from the state.

School officials say these programs will be protected until the end of October and even through the first part of November.

They say they hope an agreement is made before it impacts students.

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