Published Online: May 10, 2011
Published in Print: May 11, 2011, as School Lunch Applications

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"Analysis of Verification Summary Data School Year 2008-2009"

A new studyRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader suggests that nearly one-third of students may lose their free or reduced-price meals because their parents refuse to document their income and prove eligibility.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's food and nutrition service reviewed a national sample of nearly 279,000 applications for the subsidized-meals program from the 2008-09 school year. Besides students whose parents had not provided needed paperwork, the analysis found that 20 percent were getting free meals when they only qualified for reduced-price ones. In all, about half the applications were found to be accurate.

Vol. 30, Issue 30, Page 5

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