Colorado

Nov 24, 2009 12:57 PM by Associated Press

Colorado promoting free breakfasts for kids

Most kids in Colorado who could be getting free breakfasts and summer lunches aren't getting the meals, and state officials are working to change that. Gov. Bill Ritter joined hunger activists Tuesday to promote the state's free breakfast and summer lunches for kids in need.

Activists say that only about 37 percent of Colorado kids getting free or reduced-price lunches, or 75,000, also get free breakfasts or summer lunches. That's because many schools don't offer them, or the kids don't want the stigma of receiving the meal assistance.

Colorado officials say they plan to promote the free breakfast and summer lunch program to increase participation. States are reimbursed for the meals through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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