Hard times reflected in school lunch subsidies

Nov. 30, 2011
Number of students getting subsidies has increased 17% in 4 years

From The New York Times: Millions of American schoolchildren are receiving free or low-cost meals for the first time as their parents, many once solidly middle class, have lost jobs or homes during the economic crisis, qualifying their families for the decades-old safety-net program. The number of students receiving subsidized lunches rose to 21 million last school year from 18 million in 2006-7, a 17 percent increase.

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