Lunches Are Now Free for All NYC Public-School Kids

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School’s back today for New York City kids, and a lunchtime surprise is awaiting them: Public schools citywide will now offer free lunches to every single student.

Thanks to a federal program, meals won’t cost even a penny for the 1.1 million students in America’s largest school system. Right now, about 75 percent of them qualify for free lunches. Officials stressed that this new program shouldn’t cost taxpayers more money, either.

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McDonald’s expands McCafé retail line

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McDonald’s expansion of its McCafé line isn’t just limited to the company’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants. It starts serving grocery stores with a line of ready-to-drink McCafé Frappé beverages in three flavors: Caramel, Vanilla and Mocha.

The drinks come as a result of an expanded deal with the beverage maker Coca-Cola Company. The drinks will join the whole bean, ground and single-serve McDonald’s coffee available in retail stores nationwide.

The new retail beverages come as the company officially announced its planned expansion of its McCafé line of drinks on Wednesday, with Caramel Macchiato, Cappuccino and Americano. The drinks were available in McDonald’s locations last week. Executives promised more to come.

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