Washington, D.C., is seeing a rapid growth in the number of K-12 students eating a free breakfast at school.

In the District, the rate went up by 72 percent between 2009 to 2013, from 20,431 participating students to 35,038. Compared to all 50 states, D.C. saw the fastest growth.

The number of schoolchildren served free breakfast in the nation’s public schools between 2009 and 2013 jumped by about 2 million, according to the Agriculture Department, which oversees the free breakfast program.

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