Michigan schools worry about lunch funding

Published: Jan. 22, 2019 at 6:16 PM EST
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As the longest federal government shutdown on record nears month two, some school administrators are beginning to worry.

Leaders at Grand Rapids Public Schools are concerned they will not have enough money to feed 17,000 low-income students.

The federal government typically pays school districts back for meals they cover up front, but schools may have to dip into reserves during the government shutdown.

"It's unnecessary stress on school districts that are already inadequately and inequitably funded," said John Helmholdt with Grand Rapids Public Schools.

The federal lunch money is an even bigger concern for smaller, more rural school districts because they operate on small budgets.

At this point, most Michigan districts have received enough funding for most of January and into February.

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