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Posted on: April 10, 2023

School Committee Supports Universal Free School Meals Program

School Committee Supports Universal Free School Meals Program

At the April 6th meeting, the School Committee voted to send a letter of support for the Universal Free Meals program to Governor Maura Healey and Andover’s state delegation.

During the pandemic, the federal government made all school meals available for free. In July 2022, Governor Baker signed an extension of the program through June 2023. The most recent legislation, co-sponsored by Andover State Representatives Tram Nguyen and Frank Moran, would make the program permanent for public school districts in Massachusetts.

It is the Committee’s commitment to our students and their families to advocate for the continuation of this important initiative. Research shows that a well-nourished child is a better learner, test-taker, and participant in school. Students who have free and nutritious meals available at school reduce the financial strain on food budgets at home. If the bill is passed, all students will have access to healthy meals, no matter their social or economic status. We appreciate the advocacy of Rep. Nguyen and Rep. Moran on behalf of all students in Massachusetts and their dedication to the health, well-being, and financial security of public school students.

Read the letter at this link:

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