New Federal Program Offers Free Lunches To Qualified Schools

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Erasing differences between rich and poor students, schools throughout Louisiana are offering free meals to all children.

         The Advocate’s Charles Lussier reports more than 300 schools have adopted a federal program for high-poverty school districts since it became available this school year. The largest school district to sign up for the free-meals-for-all students program is the East Baton Rouge Parish school system, the second-biggest district in Louisiana and home to 80 of the participating schools.

         Participating food service directors are reporting a variety of benefits: more children eating more meals, less time and money spent processing paperwork and hungry children no longer denied meals because they can't pay.

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