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Some New York families will need to sign up for free school meals this fall

NY parents reminded to fill out free school meal applications
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NEW YORK -- Some New York families need to sign up to receive free school meals this fall. 

During the pandemic, the federal government authorized free breakfast and lunch for all students, but that policy has ended. 

That means families will need to fill out applications, found on their children's school or district website. 

"Hundreds of thousands of kids who depend on school meals will re-enter New York classrooms in a few short weeks, and we are deeply worried that families won't learn about this new requirement until after school resumes," No Kid Hungry New York Director Rachel Sabella said in a statement Thursday. "We must make sure families fill out these applications for free or reduced-price meals ASAP so their children will not go hungry this September." 

Eligible students can receive free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch. The applications will also help schools qualify for discounted exam and college application fees, home Wi-Fi discounts and extra student education supplies.

New York City officials say families will not have to fill out these forms in the city. 

For more details on the National School Lunch Program, visit click here.

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