WASHINGTON — If applying for the National School Lunch Program were easier, more than 150,000 additional Ohio school-age children who are eligible could get a nutritious lunch or breakfast, according to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.

Accordingly, Brown announced legislation yesterday to streamline the application process and provide $2 billion for five years to pay for new computer equipment and food for the program.

"Today, the application process is a filing-cabinet-type process," he said. "It does not reflect today's school districts or today's technology." Brown's bill would modernize the application system and reduce paperwork and administrative costs, he said.

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