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Finger scans required for school lunches in eastern Pa. district

| Friday, July 14, 2017, 12:33 p.m.

Instead of showing an identification card or reciting their account number, students at the Hazleton Area School District will be able to go through the lunch line next year by scanning their fingers.

The school board on Thursday agreed to pay $8,887 to IdentiMetrics for the scanning system.

All students have eaten free lunches and breakfasts since the federal government put the entire district into a program aimed at reducing hunger in 2015.

Board President Jared O'Donnell said finger scans records will be able to prove to the federal government that the district is actually serving the number of students that it claims to feed.

By scanning their fingers, students also can access their accounts to buy extra food.

Zola and O'Donnell said the finger scans will speed students through cafeteria lines, as compared to having students show cards or tell their account numbers to cafeteria workers.

Scans also prevent frauds, such as students using one another's account cards.

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