Report: Free-meal program increases student participation in 3 states

10/28/2013 | American Public Media/Marketplace

Participation in school meals has increased in three of 11 states that have adopted the federal community eligibility option, according to a recent report. Under the program, all students receive free breakfast and lunch, regardless of their families' income. "When the meals are free and there's no longer stigma associated with participating in the meals program, participation does tend to go up," said Zoe Neuberger, senior policy analyst with the nonprofit Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

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