Thursday, February 4, 2016
MORE KIDS TO GET FREE SCHOOL LUNCH
The Obama administration has announced new plans to launch a pilot program aimed at increasing poor children's access to food through the National School Lunch Program. The program will allow participating states to use Medicaid data to automatically certify students for free and reduced-price school lunches. Currently, families have to submit an application — a laborious process for parents and a costly one for schools — even when they have already proven that they are income-eligible through their participation in other government assistance programs. States must apply to participate in the new effort. USDA plans initially to work with about five states in the 2016-2017 school year and eventually hopes to extend the program nationally. It has already tested a smaller-scale version of the new program in seven places, including New York City, where the program has led to a 7% increase in meal enrollment.
Source: Washington Post, 1/27/16, School Lunch Expansion