Free breakfasts for needy kids dropped in Colo.

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers facing a gaping budget deficit have decided to end free breakfasts for needy children funded by the State Department of Education.

The budget-writing Joint Budget Committee on Thursday decided against spending an additional $124,229 to subsidize the Start Smart nutrition program.

The Denver Post reports the breakfasts will still be served, but that low-income students will be charged 30 cents a meal after March, when current funding runs out.

The breakfast program serves about 2.3 million breakfasts a year to about 56,000 eligible children.

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  • by Theresa Location: Grand Jct. on Mar 24, 2011 at 06:31 PM
    How about we take some of that lottery millions and pay more attention to feeding the future of America, rather than making sure we have more parks no one can afford to go to anyway! We spend billions on things that will never give back a dime. It's time to wake up- one day we will be the ones depending on these children! We'll get what we give,tenfold or more...
  • by Janet Location: Grand Junction on Feb 8, 2011 at 07:44 PM
    shame shame shame!!!!!Lazyparents or not kids don't ask to be born into poverty. Have some pity for children!!!
  • by Betty Location: Grand Junction, Co on Jan 29, 2011 at 06:26 PM
    Doesn't most if not all familys on the free lunch programs recieve food stamps and assistence from the food banks? Well I suggest you parents get your lazy butts out of bed in the mornings and fix your kids some breakfast. Quit depending on others to do your job.
  • by Rich Location: Grand Junction on Jan 25, 2011 at 03:27 PM
    Can the State not find 100k in some wasteful budget item. Free meals are the only food that a lot of these children get all day. This is a low move if you ask me.
  • by TK Location: Clifton, Co on Jan 21, 2011 at 04:55 PM
    I think this is a devastating blow to children and the school breakfast program. Sometimes meals at school are the only food these children receive. .30 may not seem like a lot, but when you have a limited income it is costly. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Studies show that students learn better and behavior is better when they have breakfast.
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