Alaska legislators feel pressure to help pay for school lunches

Senate measure would require 15 cents toward free and reduced lunches, and 35 cents toward breakfast.

Feb. 20—For thousands of Alaska kids, a simple school breakfast may draw them to school, boost their ability to learn and improve their behavior, advocates say.

Now the pressure is growing on the state Legislature to put state dollars into the federal school meal program for the first time.

Pennies, really, supporters say. A Senate measure would require the state to pay 15 cents toward the cost of each free and reduced price lunch, and 35 cents toward each breakfast. That would cost the state a little over $2 million a year.

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