School Lunches

Gov. Maura Healey signed the school meals program into law Wednesday, adding to the growing number of states aiming to feed students.
State-level momentum for universal school lunches has grown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lawmakers killed a bill to give free lunches to more K-12 students but passed legislation to boost meal reimbursements for state employees.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation Monday to enact a permanent program giving free food to K-12 students from all economic backgrounds.
From the OmieBox to a Bentgo bag, these cute lunch bags are functional and great for children.
The first limits would be required in the 2025-2026 school year.
Year-end legislation could give families an extra monthly food benefit of $40 over the summer, when school meals may not be available.
The new program will help schools pay for meals by raising $100 million a year through tax increases on those making more than $300,000 a year.
After a Rhode Island school district faced national backlash for its “lunch shaming” policy, Chobani and other donors have helped pay off students’ lunch debt.
Starting this upcoming school year, 2022-2023, all public school students in the state can get free lunch and breakfast thanks to the Universal Meals Program.