More CMS students applying for free and reduced lunch

As the new school year approaches, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools' Child Nutrition Services Department reports a significant increase in families needing assistance.

They have processed more than 13,000 new applications which is a record number.

All new at on WBTV News at 5:30, Education Reporter Dedrick Russell will explain what leaders say is the reason for the increase and what they are doing to make sure no one takes advantage of the system.