As poverty rises, 35 schools in Iowa district give free meals to all

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Students at more than half of Des Moines' schools will soon be offered free breakfast and lunches, no questions asked.

Officials have determined that most students at the 35 schools and three preschools are poor enough to qualify for the service. They'll no longer be required to apply for it.

School district leaders said they should save about $75,000 per year in administrative costs because they no longer will have to process families' applications or track payment for meals at those schools. The new policy affects about 18,000 of the district's 32,000 students and more than half of its 60 schools.

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