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Some School Districts Opt Out of New, Healthy Federal Lunch Program

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New healthier guidelines are in place in school lunchrooms across the country, but most students don’t like the changes.

After just one year, some school districts have decided to stop providing healthier meals to students. This will cost those districts federal dollars.  But cafeteria managers say so many students were refusing to buy lunches, that the districts are losing money.

WILL CADDO OR BOSSIER PARISH OPT OUT?

 Caddo Parish Child Nutrition Director Deborah Harris tells KEEL News that is not an option for this parish. She says that would bump lunch prices up to 4.50 for every students. She says that is not a reasonable price to expect parents to pay for lunches. We learned the same from Bossier Child Nutrition Supervisor Sandy Floyd. She tells KEEL News Bossier could not afford to lose the federal money or the commodities Bossier gets from the federal government.

HOW WIDESPREAD IS THE OUTRAGE?

Federal officials say they don’t have exact numbers but have seen isolated reports of schools cutting ties with the $11 billion National School Lunch Program, which reimburses schools for meals served and gives them access to lower-priced food. Districts that rejected the program say the reimbursement was not enough to offset losses from students who began avoiding the lunch line and bringing food from home or, in some cases, going hungry.

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