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More than 2K Eau Claire students apply for free, reduced price meals

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Local school staff are asking you to do your homework when it comes to providing nutritious meals for your student.

Food service staff at the Eau Claire Area School District said so far in August, about 2,500 students have applied for the district's Free and Reduced Price Meal Program. Sue Brown, the district's food and nutrition director, said last school year, 4,000 students qualified for the nutrition program, and they're expecting the same amount this year. That's about 40 percent of the district's population, a number the director said has been high and steady throughout the years. "Certainly, families, there's a consistent need for our programs, throughout this community,” Brown said. “In this economy, parents know that their students get a nutritious meal at school, and if they're eligible for free and reduced priced meals, they can use the money that their household has for other things like electricity and water and books and school supplies and things like that."

Brown said the district would like parents to submit the Free and Reduced Price Meal applications before school starts. However, they will accept them throughout the school year.

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