School milk issue has some crying foul in Manchester
All four members of the state's congressional delegation said Tuesday they will look into why some Manchester students are dumping their free and reduced-cost federal lunches into the trash because they can't get only the free milk portion to drink with lunches brought from home.
In October alone, Manchester schools served 40,068 free breakfasts and 109,869 free lunches. Buying breakfast costs $1.20; buying lunch costs $1.90 for elementary students and $2.15 for middle school and high school students.
She said she didn't know how long the no milk-only provision has been in effect.
State Department of Education officials weren't available for comment Tuesday; a USDA spokesman said he needed to research the matter.
The two Democratic representatives also planned to ask more questions.
"I've reached out to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and asked it to report back to me about this policy" she said. "The goal of ensuring that low-income students have a balanced, nutritious meal and aren't hungry during the school day is the right one, but schools might need more flexibility to achieve that goal."
Gatsas said he has visited cafeterias during lunch.
"I've been in the cafeteria and sat with children at the table and seen they have not eaten their lunches and they have thrown them away," Gatsas said. He said he didn't know whether the students had purchased the lunch or received a free or reduced-cost meal.
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