Food advocates renew support for free public school lunches

Supporters say kids eligible for free or reduced-priced lunches often don’t participate because of a poverty stigma. (3/11/14)

NEW YORK - There's a renewed push to provide free lunches to all public school students in New York City.

Public Advocate Letitia James and other supporters headed to City Hall today to rally for the proposal.

More than 75 percent of public school students, or an estimated 780,000 kids, are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.

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However, food advocates say that about 250,000 of those eligible don't participate because of the poverty stigma associated with school lunch.

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