GDOE monitoring Trump school lunch plan

Guam Department of Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez (PNC file photo)

About half a million children could lose their eligibility for free school lunches under a Trump administration proposal.

According to a report from Fox News, a proposal from the president would tighten eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which could result in almost 1 million children having to either pay a reduced or full price to eat at school.

As for how this change could affect Guam, Guam Department of Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez says that his agency has been closely monitoring reports from the USDA, which funds the breakfast and lunch program for the island’s public schools.

“As far as I know, there aren’t any anticipated changes at this point. So at this point, there’s nothing to worry about. But that’s a constant conversation. What’s being proposed, what’s being designed relative to SNAP, we’re not sure and we haven’t been given guidance about how it would affect our current programs,” Fernandez said.

Fernandez also added that GDOE would usually be given time to transition if a change may affect the agency.