Rollout of School Meals Option Popular, Report Says
Participating campuses need not vet individual students for eligibility
A new school-meals-eligibility option authorized by Congress in 2010 is proving popular with high-poverty schools and is significantly increasing student participation in school lunch and school breakfast programs funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to a report being released this week by two national anti-poverty advocacy groups.
Among the findings by the Washington-based Food Research Action Center and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is that schools taking part in the "community eligibility option" during the first two years of its availability boosted student participation by 13 percent in the lunch program and 25 percent in the breakfast program, while eliminating significant administrative costs.
In the first seven states to participate, more than 2,200 schools signed up, far more than the 300 over 10 years projected by the Congressional Budget Office when...
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