Kindergartner Landon Hall (right) licks his fingers as he finishes off his peanut butter and jelly sandwich at Alexander II Magnet School where students began their lunch at 10:30 in the morning.
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Kindergartner Landon Hall (right) licks his fingers as he finishes off his peanut butter and jelly sandwich at Alexander II Magnet School where students began their lunch at 10:30 in the morning.

The federal Farm Bill making its way through Congress could dramatically reduce the availability of free school meals. Those meals offer significant help for the nearly 20 percent of Georgia households with children that struggle to afford quality food for their families, according to the Food Research and Action Center. So many students qualify for the free meal program in Macon's Bibb County School District that free breakfast and lunch are available district-wide. To put that in perspective, the district served 18,000 lunches last year alone.On Second Thought's Virginia Prescott speaks with Samantha Max.

Samantha Max, health reporter for The Telegraph in Macon, has been following the story. Max, who is also a Report for America corps member, joined On Second Thought's Virginia Prescott with more on the future of the free meal program in Macon schools. Read Max's full story here.

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