The rates of children who qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches has ballooned over a decade. Yet area school officials say there are more eligible families who don't apply for the program, which not only provides access to meals but also qualifies schools for federal grants and additional state money. 

Kaitlin Mulhere can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1439​, or Follow her on Twitter @KMulhereKS.

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