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Rural Kids Less Likely to Use Lunch Program

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Child Nutrition, Federal

Rural Kids Less Likely to Use Lunch Program

August 25, 2015
Jessica Pino

A study from the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy found that 63 percent of rural households qualifying for school nutrition assistance take advantage of it, compared to 71 percent urban households. In rural places, schools may be smaller and communities closer-knit, and “participation in the school meals program may be associated with more stigma than in other types of schools,” said the study’s author, Jessica Carson. She also noted that the participation rate could be part of the current Child Nutrition Reauthorization as Congress reconsiders school meal legislation.