Hot lunch program reinstated; cost to families up

October 17, 2006 12:34

After two days of no hot lunches in Israel's schools and kindergartens operating on an extended school day schedule, the Knesset education committee voted eight to six on Tuesday to reinstate the hot lunch program serving some 192,000 children. Tuesday's decision stipulates that the financial burden on local authorities that run the lunch program will be reduced, while the cost to families will rise. Last year, parents paid no more than NIS 0.5 per lunch, as opposed to a cost of as much as NIS 4.5 per lunch in the present school year.

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