This includes some families who are over the income limit for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the National School Lunch programs. No families are obligated to use the card, and they're instructed to destroy the card if they do not wish to participate.
Dozens of youngsters in the Mount Greylock Regional School District were brown bagging it on Tuesday. But instead of bringing their lunch to school, they were getting a "grab-and-go" lunch from school courtesy of the district's food service staff.
North Adams isn't the only municipality worried that the government shutdown could lead to the end of the free lunch and breakfast program.
Assistant Superintendent Kristen Behnke reported Wednesday night that the schools have two months worth of savings in the bank account to keep the program going but if the shutdown continues, the program's funds would run dry. Behnke said the city has $774,000 to keep the program going but it costs $400,000 a month to run.