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117 Montana Schools Qualify for Free Meals

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Students across Montana could be getting free breakfast and lunches at school starting next fall.

117 Montana schools, including six elementary schools in Missoula, got a notice on Friday, saying they qualify to sign up for the community eligibility program. The nationwide program was established by the 2010 Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act. It allows schools in high-need communities to give out free meals, instead of collecting individual meal applications from each family.

"This streamlines the school meal process for both families, and schools. Without that need for paper work, schools can focus on nutritional quality and the best service model that they can do to feed as many kids possible. Then for families, it eliminates one more form they have to fill out," said Lorianne Burhop with the Montana Food Bank Network.

Missoula County Public Schools confirmed a handful of its elementary schools are signing up for the free meal program

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