- Associated Press - Thursday, July 10, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Montgomery Public Schools officials say students will receive free breakfast and lunch at school through a federal program supporting districts with a 40 percent or higher poverty rate.

Al.com reported (https://bit.ly/1rc4NLB ) Thursday that the free meals being offered this school year are part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Students will have to pay for additional items they buy with their breakfasts and lunches.

Superintendent Margaret Allen says the program will boost academic achievement by reducing the number of hungry children at school.

Allen says studies have shown students who receive proper nutrition perform better academically. Although some of the district’s families may not live below the poverty line, Allen says they might skip meals to try saving money.

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