AccessFree meals for all public school studentsAccessing free meals for all public school students, regardless of income
Thursday, April 22, 2021
When schools closed in March 2020, districts immediately took steps to provide meals to students, and that need has continued. Since the start of COVID-19, 1 in 5 households with children in Massachusetts is experiencing food insecurity, nearly doubling pre-pandemic numbers. Thank you for helping with meals in classrooms, supervising lunch throughout school buildings, and handing out grab-and-go meals. Please remind students that school meals are available for them even if they are learning remotely. All kids and teens, regardless of enrollment status, can get free meals at hundreds of locations throughout the state, no registration or ID required! As an educator, you are a trusted source of information for students, and together, we can make sure students and their families have the information they need.
Locations are continuously added and updated at www.meals4kids.org/meals.
Project Bread’s Child Nutrition Outreach Program and DESE are trying to raise awareness around free school meals, and we’re also trying to make families aware of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which may be particularly helpful as Pandemic-EBT benefits decrease with the transition to full in-person learning. Please help by sharing the following resources with your students and their families.