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Robla To Expand School Meal Program


A charity group is helping a school district in a low-income part of Sacramento feed students -- not just when classes are in session -- but after-school as well.

One of Sacramento's most multicultural neighborhoods is also one of its poorest.

Ruben Reyes is superintendent of the Robla School District in northern Sacramento County. He appeared on Insight with Beth Ruyak.

"We have about 20 languages that are spoken within our five square miles," Reyes says. "There's a great deal of diversity which is something we're very proud of, but our students come to school with many challenges in their lives."

Ninety-percent of the district's 2,200 students get free or reduced-price lunch. Stephanie Bray heads the United Way California Capital Region, which provides after school meals. Bray says they're working with the district on a pilot supper program.

"That's really our dream -- to be able to take the model that we're building in partnership with Robla to other school districts," Bray says.

The charity group is also using grant-funded programs to help provide families with financial stability and access to college savings accounts. 

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Steve Milne

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