Oct 22, 2014 12:36 PM by News Staff
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - All 57,000 students in Santa Ana schools are eligible to receive a free school breakfast and lunch regardless of whether the child qualifies for the federal free-or-reduced-price meal program.
The Orange County Register reports Wednesday that it's the second straight year that the Department of Agriculture has approved all 57 campuses in Santa Ana Unified for the program aimed at improving nutrition among needy students.
Federal and local officials have said the program hopes to capture all needy students who don't always apply for subsidized meals because of the stigma attached to receiving a free lunch, while friends and fellow classmates pay.
The newspaper says it saves schools countless staffing hours by not having to process thousands of applications each year.
Santa Ana Unified is Orange County's largest school district.
Information from: The Orange County Register
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