Free meal program is vital to school funding

In Mariposa County, 55 percent of students who attend school are eligible for free or reduced meals at the school.
But many of those 55 percent don’t sign up for the breakfasts and lunches, and that’s bad news for the Mariposa County Unified School District.
“If students qualify for a free lunch, and don’t take it, we lose funding,” said Robin Hopper, superintendent of the school district.
Part of the problem may be the stigma of receiving a free meal, Hopper said....

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