Via Daily Caller:
A report by local Washington D.C. news station NBC4 indicates that over 60,000 low-income students in the area are skipping lunch, dissatisfied with the food offered to them by their schools.
In Fairfax County, Virginia, which contains much of D.C.’s Virginia suburbs, 16 percent of students eligible for free lunch don’t eat on a typical day. In Washington itself, the figure is 24 percent. In Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland, over a quarter of low-income students don’t eat lunch per day.
The kids’ failure to eat is costing the schools big money, as they lose $3 in federal subsidies every time a student on free lunch forgoes taking a meal. That’s $180,000 a day, adding up to over $32 million in a school year lasting approximately 180 days. School officials say the lost subsidies are straining their budgets, as they need the money to pay for healthier food options mandated by Congress.