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Hudson City School District to offer free breakfast, lunch this fall

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HUDSON, N.Y. -- Beginning this fall, the Hudson City School District will offer free breakfast and lunch to every student.

It’s all because of a federal program under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. School districts that meet certain requirements are eligible. It offers free meals to every student in every school, and actually reimburses the district. It won't cost the district, parents, or students a dime. It’s part of a push to make sure students don't go hungry, and that they're not eating junk food all day.

Robert Newberry, a student at Hudson High School, says he’s spent too many days running on empty.

“Sometimes I forget to bring my money. And I go through the whole day without eating,” he said.

Hudson High School Principal Antonio Abatabile says almost two-thirds of the school district’s population is already enrolled in their free and reduced lunch program, but he says he thinks that number is actually much higher and that some students might be spending the school day hungry.

He’s hoping this program will change that.

“There may be some families who may be embarrassed to file that paperwork because they didn’t their students labeled as getting a free and reduced lunch and being labeled economically disadvantaged. So I think that will kind of take that stigma away because now everybody’s on the same plane, so I think that will definitely help,” he said.

Under the programs guidelines, the meals must be healthy, with no added salts, sugars, or other processed items. 

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