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School nutrition support program’s complicated requirements often leave families out

Students recycle (copy)

Cambridge Elementary School students clean their lunch trays in this photo from 2017.

For the past two years, every student in participating schools had free meals, equalizing the lunchroom experience.

The end of the pandemic-related measure means families once again have to rely on the federal free and reduced lunch program.

FR Income Eligibility Requirements

Source: USDA Child Nutrition Programs Income Eligibility Guidelines (2022-2023)

Southern Wisconsin Regional Education Reporter

Lauren is Wis. born and raised. She graduated from UW-Madison, earning a degree in journalism and certificate in photography. Now, she covers the Cambridge, Deerfield, Lake Mills, Marshall, McFarland, Monona Grove, and Waterloo School Districts.