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2/28/03

Free and Discounted Lunches May be Off Limits to Some Families

If your kids are getting free or discounted school lunches, you may have to provide proof that your family meets the low income standard.

The government says some parents are lying about their income, so their kids can get a free or discounted lunch. LISD food provider, Aramark, says they do have a system to check family incomes, but the government is considering stricter rules. Right now, a family of four must make less than $23,530 to qualify for a free lunch. Families making less than $33,485 qualify for discounted meals.

In the LISD, Aramark served nearly 28,000 meals in February. Of those, almost 14,000 were free, and more than 2,000 were discounted. Advocates for the poor say stricter rules would scare off families who actually do qualify for the meals. It's not clear when, or even if, the new rules will take effect.

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