Free lunch in Chicago Public Schools starts this fall

The district says the transition will allow it to improve food quality and infrastructure in the lunchrooms.

CHICAGO—Lunch money may be a thing of the past at Chicago Public Schools.

Under a relatively new program called the Community Eligibility Option (CEO) all school meals will be free starting in September 2014, the district confirmed to WBEZ Thursday.

Although the CPS initially rejected the program in 2011, it had expanded it to 400 schools by last fall.