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Parents Want to Pay Iowa District for Free Meals

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Des Moines school district says some parents want to pay for their children’s free meals at school.

District food director Sandy Huisman told The Des Moines Register that the parents made the offer after the district announced last month that all students at 35 of the district’s 60 schools would be offered free breakfasts and lunches.

Most of the 18,000 students at the 35 schools qualify for free or reduced-price meals. The district determined it was cheaper to provide free meals for all than keep track of students’ eligibility. The U.S. Department of Agriculture agreed to the change and will pay the entire cost of the meals. Breakfasts cost $1.93 each and lunches cost $2.98.

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