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Public Advocate Wants To Provide Free Lunch For All Students

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Public Advocate Letitia James on Tuesday announced a proposal that would provide free lunch for all New York City public school students.

She says it would makes it easier for parents to sign up and would ease fears for undocumented families who often refuse to file paperwork.

The proposal could also bring more money into the city if more students participate in the program.

Right now, it's funded with federal and state dollars while the city covers the remaining balance.

James is asking the mayor to allocate $57 million for the project.

That's $20 million more than the city pays right now.

"Twenty-million dollars. Out of a budget of $25 billion. Clearly we can afford $20 million to feed children. It's important to know that we already feed them but we're just not reimbursed from the federal government. So it's a win win for all of us," James said.

The proposal requires only the mayor's approval.

James says Mayor Bill de Blasio has committed to working with them.

Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina says she's on board with the proposal as well. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP