Columbus (OH) City Schools are "almost certain" to participate in the USDA's Community Eligibility Option next year, a move that would provide free lunches to all of the district's 51,000 students, reports the Columbus Dispatch. Columbus has a free/reduced percentage of around 80 percent but has been running a deficit of around $1.75 million a year in part because of uncollected lunch dues.

In 2012 the district engaged a collection agency to recover nearly a million dollars in unpaid lunch fees from 6,000 student families. Columbus Schools' meal program returned to self-operation last year after several years of outsourcing.