Colorado lawmakers facing a gaping budget deficit have decided to end free breakfasts for needy children funded by the state Department of Education.
The budget-writing Joint Budget Committee on Thursday decided against spending an additional $124,229 to subsidize the Start Smart Nutrition Program.
The Denver Post reports that the breakfasts will still be served, but that low-income students will be charged 30 cents a meal after March, when current funding runs out.
The breakfast program serves about 2.3 million breakfasts a year to about 56,000 eligible children.
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