- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Officials in Cumberland County say all students at 32 schools will receive free breakfasts and lunches next year.

Associated superintendent Tim Kinlaw told The Fayetteville Observer (http://bit.ly/1FtwbsM) that the elementary and middle schools already provide free meals to most of their students.

Kinlaw says the schools qualify for what is known as community eligibility. The schools are located in high-poverty areas where more than 40 percent of their students are identified under a federal program.

The schools will not be required to collect household applications for their meal programs.

Community eligibility allows schools to offer two meals each day to all students at no charge.

Kinlaw said the program could be expanded to 12 more schools in 2016.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

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