In the state, 64 percent of schoolchildren also qualify for free or reduced lunch.
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The new congressional spending bill does not include an extension of school lunch wavers. The waivers, authorized at the beginning of the pandemic, let schools distribute free meals to all students without verifying their families’ income.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has added eight states, including South Carolina, to the 19 where students receiving Medicaid coverage will be automatically added to the program offering free or reduced-price school lunches.
Lexington School District Two will continue its free breakfast and lunch distribution program into the summer.
A new study found the healthiest meal of the day for kids comes from school cafeterias. Researchers analyzed the diets of more than 21,000 kids from 2003 and 2018. They found the percentage of food eaten at schools that was poor nutritional quality declined from 55% to 24% over those 15 years.