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CHICAGO (WBBM/CBS) – Dinner is joining breakfast and lunch on Chicago school menus.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s David Roe reports, 333 schools across Illinois, most of them in Chicago, are expanding their meal offerings this year and adding supper to their menus.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s David Roe reports

The after-school meals, paid for with federal funding, target low-income students who suffer a nutritional gap.

The Chicago Tribune reports the federal government plans to expand school dinners that are now being served in Illinois, 12 other states and the District of Columbia.

The school dinner expansion is part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which is backed strongly by first lady Michelle Obama, the Tribune reported.

Under the program, if a school meets the poverty threshold, all the students in afternoon programs get free dinner, the Tribune reported.

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