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North Carolina bill would offer universal free lunch to students

Public school students would be able to receive lunch at no cost each day.
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A new bill introduced in North Carolina aims to provide universal free lunch to K-12 students in the state.

Under the Child Care Act, public schools would be required to provide lunch at no cost to students during the school day.

The state’s Department of Public Instruction would be responsible for overseeing the program and paying the difference between the federal funding received for school meals from the United States Department of Agriculture and the cost of providing the meals

Other states, including New York, ColoradoMassachusetts and Vermont, also recently introduced legislation to provide school meals to students at no cost.

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