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Family income not a factor as students eat free

School Lunches
Posted at 9:34 AM, Sep 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-06 05:39:20-04

BOSTON (AP) — Lunchboxes may become a more unusual sight in public schools because of a federal program that's providing students in some areas with free breakfast and lunch.

Federal officials say more than 40 percent of students have to be getting food stamps or aid through other federal assistance programs for a school to qualify for the program.

Boston Public Schools officials say 76 percent of students already qualified for free or reduced price meals, and this program to provide all students with free breakfast and lunch will cut down on district paperwork and expenses.

School principal Efrain Toledano says he expects the program to prevent disruptions that can happen because students are hungry.

It's part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and has spread to 10 states and the District of Columbia.