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Almost Half of Ohio Kids Get Subsidized School Lunches

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More than 840,000 students are getting subsidized meals at school this year, setting a record high, according to new data from the Ohio Department of Education.

That means nearly half of Ohio children in school are getting free or reduced-price lunches. The percentage of students receiving lunch aid has climbed from just under 29% a decade ago to about 45% this school year.

Students can qualify for aid through the federal lunch program based on family income, making the data a good indicator of poverty. Students can become eligible for free meals if their annual household income is less than 130% of the federal poverty level (about $29,0000 for a family of four). Students whose families earn up to 185% of the poverty level (about $41,300), can get reduced-cost lunches.

The number of students taking advantage of those provisions has increased as the recession battered family budgets when people lost jobs or income.

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/news/2012/01/ohio-has-840000-students-getting-school-lunch-aid/2099601#ixzz1jbSrnhA2

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