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School district begins donation program to alleviate meal debt

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Austin Public Schools in Austin, Minnesota, has started a donation program to help cover unpaid meal balances, according to an article in The Austin Daily Herald written by the school district’s nutrition services director. 

Named The Lunch Tray Project, the program allows community members to donate money to families who may not qualify for free or reduced-price meals but are still having a hard time making ends meet. 

In order to access the extra funds, families must fill out an application for free or reduced-price lunches and miss qualifying by less than the amount that school lunch for the year would cost, which comes out to around $450 per child. 

The district has raised $10,830 through the program, says the director, Mary Weikum. 

Read the full story via austindailyherald.com.

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