Address student meal debt by expanding access to universal school meals for Massachusetts students.
Project Bread believes school meals is an important part of the school day. A hungry kid cannot learn. To that end, we believe school meals school be accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial situation. Schools with high enough levels of need are eligible to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) to serve universal free school meals to all students. Otherwise, school meal fees are based on a household’s income determined either by participation in other assistance programs, like SNAP, or through a paper application.
For those students who have to pay meal fees are unable to do so schools may absorb the cost, serve an alternative meal such as a cheese sandwich, or deny the student a meal. When students are unable to pay both schools and families must deal with the burden of unpaid school meal debt.
An Act to Promote Student Nutrition (S.2664) addresses both the root causes of unpaid meal debt as well as the impact unpaid meal debt has on students. The bill would:
As we near the end of the legislative session, your senator and representative need to hear from you! Click here to send a message about the importance of school meals.