(EAG NEWS) SANTA FE, N.M. – A small New Mexico charter school is dropping out of the National School Lunch Program because officials contend government subsidies that come with participation aren’t enough to cover expenses.
Monte del Sol Head Lerner Robert Jessen told the Santa Fe New Mexican the school recently notified parents it can no longer afford to cover the roughly $40,000 a year cost to provide free- and reduced-price lunches for needy students through the National School Lunch Program.
“We receive $3 from the federal government for each free lunch we serve,” he wrote to parents last month. “However, it costs more to serve that lunch. For the last several years the school has been able to pay the difference, but this year we can not.”
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