OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Officials in the Omaha School district are considering providing free meals to all students, regardless of the children’s ability to pay.

The Omaha World-Herald ( ) reports that it would be an expansion of a pilot program the district kicked off in January at six elementary schools.

Omaha was one of two districts in Nebraska to participate in a federal initiative this year that pushed for schools with high concentrations of low-income students to serve free meals to all. Schools can participate in the program if many of their students already were receiving public benefits, such as food stamps or welfare.

In Iowa, participating districts included Council Bluffs and Des Moines.