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Vallone says free middle school lunches are leaving some children hungry

A new initiative meant to provide free lunch for all city middle school kids is leaving some students hungry, City Councilman Paul Vallone said.

Three Bayside schools in the lawmaker’s district have grumbled that the recent $6.25 million allocation on the city budget unfairly leaves out tweens at K-8, K-12 and other co-located middle schools.

Only schools that have sixth to eighth grades are included in the pilot, education officials said.

“This quagmire takes away from the spirit of the program and unfairly affects a segment of our middle schoolers,” said Vallone (D-Bayside).

“I hope … that this program is expanded to include all eligible middle school students,” he added.

The initiative has provided free lunches for about 170,000 middle school students in 290 schools since it passed the city’s budget in June.

Vallone, who voted to approve the budget, said he is working with the Department of Education to tweak the program.

See complete story at the New  York Daily News.