House lawmakers are quietly fighting to roll back a section of a 2010 school nutrition bill that provides students in high-poverty schools with free lunches. If successful, their proposed cuts would greatly reduce the number of schools eligible for free or subsidized meal programs. Although the 2010 bill survived budget cuts in January, thanks to the Senate’s support, the House Education and Workforce Committee is not as eager to see it through. The bill originally provided free lunches and after-school meals to every student enrolled in a public school where at least 40 percent of its study body lived in low-income households.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.