How free school lunches lower grocery prices for everyone

How free school lunches lower grocery prices for everyone
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Millions of children each year in the US receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The researchers—Jessie Handbury, from the University of Pennsylvania and Sarah Moshary, of the University of Chicago—looked at the effect of free lunches on the private sector and surrounding households, and found it pushed down prices at national grocery chains. The study, published by the National Bureau of Economics Research, is a working paper, which means it hasn’t been per reviewed.

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