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Press Release: House Child Nutrition Bill Restricting Free School meals could increase food insecurity at 427 high-poverty NYS schools

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Press Release: House Child Nutrition Bill Restricting Free School meals could increase food insecurity at 427 high-poverty NYS schools

May 13, 2016
By
Kelly de la Rocha

The newly released House Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 (H.R. 5003) would substantially increase the threshold schools must meet to participate in the federal Community Eligibility Provision, which enables high-poverty schools to offer breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students. The bill would cause 427 of the 1,380 participating New York State schools to lose community eligibility, a move that would affect nearly 130,000 students. An additional 775 schools would lose eligibility to participate in the future. 

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