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Ironwood to provide free lunch for all students


September 1, 2018

Richard Jenkins / Daily Globe

TONY BUNT'S Ironwood classroom is empty Friday, but will soon be full of students as the school year starts Tuesday.

IRONWOOD - Students in the Ironwood Area Schools won't have to worry about forgetting their lunch money after the district announced it will provide free lunches to all students for the year.

The lunches are available through the federal Community Eligibility Provision program, which started in 2011 in Illinois, Michigan and Kentucky, and has since launched nationally. The program uses a formula based on the number of free and reduced lunch students in a district.

Ironwood became eligible for the program because of changes in how Medicare participants qualify for free and reduced lunches, a...

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