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Surge In Free School Lunches Reflects Economic Crisis

First Posted: 11/30/2011 1:18 pm Updated: 01/30/2012 4:12 am

The New York Times:

Millions of American schoolchildren are receiving free or low-cost meals for the first time as their parents, many once solidly middle class, have lost jobs or homes during the economic crisis, qualifying their families for the decades-old safety-net program.

The number of students receiving subsidized lunches rose to 21 million last school year from 18 million in 2006-7, a 17 percent increase, according to an analysis by The New York Times of data from the Department of Agriculture, which administers the meals program.

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