HARTFORD, Conn. (WCBS 880) — In Connecticut, a new law is being lauded for helping to improve school lunch programs.

As WCBS 880’s Fran Schneidau reports,  schools in Connecticut will be getting more federal funds to provide nutritional lunches for students for the first time in decades. Congressman Chris Murphy said many of the students are facing a hunger crisis.

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The poverty rate in Connecticut has jumped from 15 to 20 percent over the last decade. Murphy claims the legislation is designed to address this problem by widening the eligibility standards.

“It will also increase the afterschool supper programs, which are real great benefit to a lot of very poor kids who often leave school and go home to no meal,” said Murphy.

Along with more money for better food, the legislation will help to fight what Murphy called a growing, but mainly silent, childhood hunger epidemic.

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