Jan 21, 2011 3:16 PM by Bea Karnes
DENVER (AP) - 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.