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‘Starting to Panic’: School Lunch Costs Return for US Families Just as Inflation Hits

The expiration of a program that gave free meals to all public-school students leaves families carrying extra expenses.

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WATCH: Will there still be free school lunches?

Families across the US are suddenly finding themselves stuck with a new expense — school lunch for their kids — just as prices everywhere are rising.

A federal pandemic-era program giving free meals to all public-school students, regardless of their family’s income, expired as this fall’s school year kicked off. And while the White House just this week said it wants to expand a national free school-meal program, for now many families are still saddled with extra costs.