U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown introduced legislation today that would expand access to free and reduced school meal programs nationwide to fight child hunger.

More than 700,000 children in Ohio currently participate in free and reduced meal programs. Still, the U.S.Department of Agriculture estimates that 14 percent of eligible students are not enrolled -- likely as a result of the complicated application process.

Brown's bill proposes to reduce paperwork and administration costs by having school districts use data from Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program to directly enroll students in the meal programs.

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