Don’t miss deadline for taxpayers to buy your kid’s lunch

Thousands of Baldwin County Public School students could lose their free and reduced meal benefits if their parents fail to submit an updated application by Wednesday.

Without those benefits, almost 5,000 students could simply go hungry, or receive only a bare-bones lunch, during the seven-hour school day, said Martha Martin, Baldwin’s child nutrition supervisor.

Almost 10,000 Baldwin students, or 38 percent, participated in the free or reduced lunch program last year, with 7,382 receiving free lunches and another 2,586 getting reduced-price meals, Martin said. The school system’s computer software identifies students who are eligible for the program, Martin said, and 4,777 of them have not submitted updated applications.

Free lunch application deadline looms