Kansas schools may expand free meal programs

Monday, June 23, 2014

Starting this school year, school districts with significant poverty levels will have the option of joining a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that began as a pilot in a handful of states during the past two years.

The option is part of a 2010 law passed by Congress, and the goal is to improve access for children of low-income families to nutritious meals.

That has drawn interest from school administrators and child advocacy groups, who say children who go hungry experience problems not only in terms of health and well-being, but also in terms of their ability to learn at school.

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