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Legislative Panel Endorses Consideration of Bills Addressing Student Hunger

AUGUSTA, Maine - Legislative leaders have approved two of the three bills appealed by Portland Sen. Justin Alfond that are aimed at addressing the problem of hungry students.

The measures are aimed at making sure schools coordinate their records of student eligibility so those who qualify get the meals that they deserve.

"Making sure that every eligible child in the state who is eligible is on a breakfast, lunch, after school and summer food program," Alfond says.

A third measure was rejected that would have ensured that a lack of cash on any given day would never be an obstacle for eligible children to receive meals at school. Alfond says that has been a problem for the nearly 13,000 students in the state that get reduced prices for their meals.