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2 of 5 Wisconsin school children eligible for free meals

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MADISON (AP) -- About two of every five school-aged children in Wisconsin are eligible for federally-subsidized meals.

The state Department of Public Instruction says 95 of Wisconsin's 424 school districts now have at least half of their students receiving free or reduced-price lunches.

A student would be eligible for a free lunch if his or her family has an income of about $28,000 or less for a family of four. For reduced-priced lunch, the family's income must be about $41,000 or less.

DPI says the proportion of students who qualify has climbed from about 29 percent in the 2003-2004 school year to 41 percent this year school year. T

he Journal Sentinel says the Lac du Flambeau School District had the highest number of qualifying students with more than 90 percent receiving subsidized meals.

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