Representative Todd Rokita Wants to Restrict the Free Lunch Program

By Andrew Pillow.

According to the Indy-Star, an Indiana congressman would like to make changes to the federal free lunch program. Todd Rokita, R-Indianapolis, has proposed to raise the threshold at which schools qualify for free meals for all students.

Currently if a school has at least 40% of the student body receiving free or reduced lunch, that school can provide free lunch to all of the students. Rokita would like to raise the required percentage to 60%.

Rokita says the plan would save money and help families, but critics say the plan could potentially cause students to miss meals and strain the private sector food banks.

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.