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Big changes coming to Metro schools this fall

For the first time, every student at Metro Nashville public schools will get breakfast and lunch free every day. For the first time, every student at Metro Nashville public schools will get breakfast and lunch free every day.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Metro students are heading back to class in two days. And this year, two new programs could impact families in a big way.

Breakfast and lunch are now free for all students, and kids can also ride MTA buses to and from school for free.

"It's really important that we're doing this program. A lot of kids don't eat healthy food at home and we are providing milk, grains, protein, fruit and vegetables," said Rebecca Polson with Metro Nashville Public Schools.

For the first time, every student at Metro Nashville Public Schools will get breakfast and lunch free every day.

It's part of a federal program to make sure kids eat as healthy as they can, and it's all paid for with federal tax dollars.

When school starts Wednesday, school cooks are going to be busy.

"There's gonna be more volume, and that's the only thing. Are we prepared? Yes, I will be in every school going and helping them train," Polson said.

Polson will also be spending a lot of time working to make sure kids have a lot of healthy options and says she hopes to have a 30-day menu with a lot of choices for the kids.

High school kids will also have choices this year. They can ride a school bus or an MTA bus for free.

"Basically, to all of our ninth though 12th grade students that's in all of our high schools and our charter schools, if you're in grades nine through 12, then you'll have a pass and be able to use MTA for transportation," said Olivia Brown with Metro Nashville Public Schools.

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