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By MIRANDA RIVERS
WASHINGTON – With a deadline looming for a federal program to give free meals to all students in certain low-income schools, some Arizona districts are finding there really is no such thing as a free lunch.
State officials by Friday had approved just 29 of the 247 school districts and charter schools eligible for a program to provide free breakfast and lunch to any student at those schools, regardless of the student’s income. Sunday is the deadline to apply.
But while the poorest districts would be fully reimbursed by the federal government, others are note even applying because they would have to pick up some of the cost.
“Schools that are below that (income threshold) have to see if the numbers work for them,” said Becca Segal, child nutrition associate at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. “And in some cases it might not.”