Kansas cities debate whether to apply for free school meals program

Monday, June 16, 2014

Only a handful of Kansas schools may end up taking advantage of a new program that would allow them to offer free lunch and breakfast to every student regardless of family income.

According to a state official, only Hutchinson, Topeka and Kickapoo Nation schools are close to submitting applications for the Community Eligibility Provision – a piece of the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act – in time for the coming school year.

The provision, available in Kansas for the first time this year, is designed to combat child hunger by reducing paperwork and the stigma of applying for low-cost meals.

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