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Wichita won’t take part in free meals program

Associated Press - August 3, 2014 11:24 am

A report by a Kansas school board association finds the increase in children receiving free or reduced-price meals is tied to poverty rates and isn't a ploy to boost school funding.

The Wichita school district isn’t participating this year in a new federal program that aims to reduce the stigma of applying for low-cost meals by offering free meals to all students regardless of family income.

Officials in the Wichita school district say the district doesn’t plan to apply for the Community Eligibility Provision, a U.S. Department of Agriculture program designed to combat child hunger. At participating schools, all children would be able to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost.

Cheryl Johnson, child nutrition and wellness director for the Kansas Department of Education, says a handful of districts, including Topeka, have so far said they plan participate.

Wichita school district spokeswoman Susan Arensman told The Wichita Eagle the district may apply next year.

Buelligan Jimi

August 4, 2014 at 6:59 am

Why wouldn’t they jump on this?

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