A U.S. senator says his plan to streamline free and reduced-priced meals for school children could open up the program to an additional 150,000 Ohioans.

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown announced Wednesday a proposal to expand the program that serves free and reduced-priced meals to students nationwide during a teleconference call with regional media. He said the plan could help 3.5 million children across the nation.

“The application process is antiquated and not reflective of today’s school districts,” Brown said. “Legislation I am introducing today (Wednesday) would help more than 150,000 children. It would modernize the application system and make sure it functions the way it should.”

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