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Back to school: Almost 20 million kids are getting free lunch

from CNN Money

About 50 million children returned to school this week, and nearly 20 million of them are getting free lunch. The number of children fed through the National School Lunch Program has expanded dramatically in the last few decades. This is partly due to the growing number of children living in poverty. In 2013, 21 percent of kids were living in poverty compared with 15 percent in 2000, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. But administrative changes have also impacted those numbers. While families typically had to report their income every year to qualify, now whole school districts can decide to provide universal coverage — meaning free lunch for every student. Major cities like Chicago, Dallas and Philadelphia have decided to do just that in an attempt to reduce paperwork and any stigma associated with the free lunches. more


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