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Schools leaving subsidized lunch program over new standards
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - New standards on healthier food are causing hundreds of schools across the country to drop out of a federal program.
The U.S. Agriculture Department says 524 schools out of about 100,000 have left the federally subsidized National School Lunch Program.
The new standards, set by the government, are discouraging some schools that say they are difficult and expensive to follow.
Some lawmakers say the government should not dictate what kids eat.
But a report from the department shows 80-percent of schools are already meeting the new requirements.