Alaska could help fund free, reduced-price school meals

Lawmakers in Alaska have yet to hold a hearing on a bill that would require the state to help pay for free and reduced-price meals served in schools. Under the bill, about $2 million a year -- 15 cents for lunch and 35 cents for breakfast -- would be directed to school meals for the first time. "Alaska has been comfortable letting the federal government do all the heavy lifting for feeding Alaska children," said Dean Hamburg, legislative chair for the Alaska School Nutrition Association.

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