Monday, October 25, 2021
Governor Charlie Baker today signed into law an act to Promote Student Nutrition which ensures that more children have greater access to nutritious school meals. As many as 10,000 more kids in Massachusetts will now have access to free school meals. The State Senate adopted the bill last month and I am glad to have Governor Baker's support on this important issue. The law requires schools and districts where a majority of students are low-income to enroll in federal programs, known as the Community Eligibility Provision and Provision 2, that allow them to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. When students accrue school meal debt, it requires school districts to determine whether they are eligible for free-or reduced-price meals to maximize federal revenues.