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Emergency fund covers free school meals, for now

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An emergency fund is covering the cost of free meals for some Clark County students since federal funding stopped because of the government shutdown, but that fund will not cover it forever, according to school district officials.

The free-and-reduced program allows more than 186,000 students to receive their school meals at a lower cost or, in some cases, for free, depending on their family's income.

Officials said the federal money that usually covers the offset in prices for the program was stopped when the government shut down more than a week ago. They said an emergency fund is covering the $9-million-per-month cost for now, but that money could run out by November.

Clark County School District Deputy Superintendent Kim Wooden said even if the money runs out, kids will not be allowed to go hungry.

"The Clark County School District is committed to feeding children both breakfast and lunch," Wooden said. "We know how important that is for our children. If it goes too long, we would have to reach out to our community members for some help and support."

Wooden said many of the students who use the program don't get a meal outside of school.

No other federally-funded programs in Clark County's schools are being affected right now, according to Wooden.

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