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Free school breakfast program to expand under new law

Free school breakfast program to expand under new law

POSTED: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 5:16pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 5:29pm

Some Northeast Texas schools may be serving a free breakfast to all students at their campuses next fall under a new law that went into effect Sunday. The additional breakfasts will not cost school districts or taxpayers any additional money, according to the USDA.

Senate Bill 376 requires public school campuses or open-enrollment charter schools to offer breakfast free of charge to all students on campuses where more than 80 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced meals.

The Texas Hunger Project reported 5,489 Gregg County students participated in free breakfast programs in 2011 while another 484 paid a reduced fee.

Continue reading this story from KETK newspaper partner the Longview News-Journal.

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