Reduced-to-Free = Participation Bump

The number of Washington State children eating school breakfast has soared since the state became the first in the nation earlier this year to provide free meals to all children previously eligible only for reduced-price breakfasts. A study of nearly 50 districts showed a 42 percent overall increase in breakfast participation.

Child nutrition advocates say that's proof that the former 30-cent reduced meal price was too high for many to pay and they are now lobbying to eliminate the 40

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