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School-Wide Free Nutrition Program Attracts Fewer Rural Schools
Oct 2, 2018 - Details a study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Economic Research Service. This report, Characteristics of School Districts Offering Free School Meals to All Students Through the Community Eligibility Provision of the National School Lunch Program, looked at school districts participating in the USDA Community Eligibility Program, which allows schools to provide free breakfast and lunch for all of their students based on community characteristics rather than individual family applications. Despite the fact that rural families typically have more economic need, a smaller percentage of eligible school districts in rural areas participate in the program than in urban areas.
Source: The Daily Yonder
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Last Updated: 10/3/2018