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Belton School District offers meal benefits to families affected by shutdown

Posted at 9:52 PM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-09 22:52:24-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Belton School District is offering some assistance to the families of federal employees furloughed during the government shutdown.

In a post on its website the district says, the number of students who are eating school meals has decreased across the district since before winter break.

The district said anyone in the district with a family member who is furloughed may be eligible for meal benefits. It's asking parents to fill out this form and return it to the school.

It also advised that "backsnacks" are available to anyone experiencing food insecurity at home, thanks to help from the Belton Educational Foundation and the Pirate Pantries. Parents can contact their child's school counselor to learn more about that program.

It's also accepting donations from the community to help with the programs. Anyone interested can reach out to the district at 816-489-7000.