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More Students Participating in Free and Reduced School Meals

posted on December 8, 2006

An anti-hunger group said students from low-income families are eating more free and reduced meals. The Food Research and Action Center said the federal breakfast program reached a record 7.7 million low-income children in the 2005-2006 school year.

New Mexico posted the largest increase, with 58 children getting breakfast for every 100 getting free and reduced-price lunches. The southwest state moved to second place in the rate of participation, behind West Virginia.

The largest drop in participation was Louisiana. More than three-quarters of the 31,000 students eligible for the free meals left school system following Hurricane Katrina.

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