Rising joblessness means record crowds for school meals


At least 18.5 million low-income students expected for school lunches and 8.5 million-plus expected for breakfast. If rising family homelessness, steady growth in food stamp program are indications, however, enrollment in school meals could swell well beyond expectations. And: New York senator proposes expansion of free school meals to all children living under 185 percent of federal poverty line in certain high-cost areas, or $40,792 for a family of four (click 'See also').

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Tags: Child Nutrition Act, Christine Quinn, food insecurity, Food Research and Action Center, food stamps, foreclosure, homeless, hunger, Jim Weill, Kirsten Gillibrand, Marcia Smith, Nan Roman, National Alliance to End Homelessness, National School Lunch Program, NSLP, school lunch, school meals, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, The Associated Press, welfare

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