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More children need school lunch aid

December 11, 2008 |  3:25 pm

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The souring economy has meant that more families are turning to school lunch programs for their children, the School Nutrition Assn. said today.

The association surveyed schools around the country and found that more children are taking advantage of the National School Lunch Program, which fed more than 30 million children in 2006-07 with federal and state money, the Associated Press reported.

The School Nutrition Assn., which represents food service workers in schools, said more than 400,000 more children are getting the free or reduced-price meals. Some people are calling on Congress to increase the federal reimbursement of about $2.50 per meal.

-- Mary MacVean
Photo: Anacleto Rapping / Los Angeles Times

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