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In Nashville, even rich public school students get free lunches

The federal government and the Nashville Metro School System believe the best way to make a child feel less insecure about accepting a free school lunch is to give everybody a free lunch.

And, yes, that even includes all of the kids who are already well off.

School system officials announced last week that all 85,000 of its students will have access to free breakfasts and lunches if they want them.

Taxpayers, of course, will pay an unknown amount for it through a U.S. Department of Agriculture program, known as the Community Eligibility Provision.

USDA officials have already reimbursed school system officials for the free school lunch program in prior years. The new program is simply an expansion of what the USDA was already doing.

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