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Families Turn To State To Give Kids Lunches

As the down economy continues to take its toll, school officials across Massachusetts have reported an up tick in the number of families seeking free and reduced price meals for school children.

A review by the Boston Globe finds neither city or suburban school districts appear to be immune.

Framingham schools have seen a 25 percent spike in food assistance program enrollment since last year.

Boston Public Schools have 74 percent of students getting reduced rates on school lunches. That's up from 71 percent last year.

Some officials also say they've seen more kids bringing bagged lunches to school as some parents don't want to ask for financial help.

This program aired on March 23, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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