Sometimes unprecedented news can be positive. Beginning this week, free breakfast and lunch will be available to every single student in Baltimore City.
As the Baltimore Sun reports, the change comes from a federal program offered to “high-poverty” school districts across the country. The program came into existence since at least last year, but until recent legislation adopted by the General Assembly, opting in would have meant losing some state money.
This year, 84 percent of city students qualified for free or discounted lunches under the old system.
There is a catch. Districts that participate in the program must abide by federal nutrition guidelines. Baltimore appears happy to do that. But the program’s limits on portion size and high-calorie foods have prompted districts elsewhere in the country to bail.
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