NYC city council pushes for free school lunch

The change would cost the city about $24 million a year.

NEW YORK—City Council wants all public school children to eat lunch for free, a change that would cost the city about $24 million a year.

The Council made the proposal in its city budget announced Wednesday. Council and the mayor have just a couple of weeks to hash out an executive budget.

The mayor’s response Wednesday was to say his office was looking into the federal free lunch funding requirements for the city, as well as the feasibility of adding dollars to the budget for the proposal. “There’s a couple of wrinkles here,” he said at an unrelated press conference.

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