Some schools in Nebraska could see changes in the way to administer the school lunch program. U-S Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says a new proposal calls for all schools in high poverty areas serve free lunch and breakfast to all students – period. Secretary Vilsack says schools that have 40% of the students receiving reduced or free meals would meet the qualifications.
Secretary Vislack says this has been tried in 11 states and they have seen participation increase 5% in the lunch program and almost 10% in the school breakfast program. He says over the four year phase in program they expect to see a dramatic increase in the number of children that participate in the program. He says by providing free meals it will also reduce expenses for the administration.
The U-S Department of Agriculture says 9-million children in 22,000 schools in the nation would quality.