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Nevada Approves Pandemic Relief For Student Meal Programs

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — About 302,000 of Nevada's K-12 students qualify to receive federally funded free and reduced-price meals at school.

As the economy lags and school closures prevent students from receiving their meals in cafeterias, lawmakers worry about food insecurity and ensuring continued access to meals for Nevada children.

On Thursday, a legislative finance committee approved using $26 million in federal grant money passed as part of a coronavirus relief package to supplement nutrition programs and maintain distribution.

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The funds will go toward ensuring qualifying students can continue to get free and reduced-price meals even if their schools aren't holding in-person classes.