What the end of free universal meals means in 2 Mass. school districts

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Thursday is the last day any child, regardless of income, can eat lunch for free at schools across the nation. Congress failed to renew the pandemic-era provision.

Locally, there are efforts in Massachusetts to extend the program for the next school year. But, the legislation might not pass as state lawmakers scramble to finalize a budget for the fiscal year that begins Friday.

We'll speak with two school officials about what the program did for their districts, which include the Northborough and Southborough Public Schools, as well as a district serving students in Newbury, Rowley and Salisbury.

This segment aired on June 29, 2022.

Amanda Beland Producer/Director
Amanda Beland is a producer and director for Radio Boston. She also reports for the WBUR newsroom.


Carrie Jung Senior Reporter, Education
Carrie is a senior education reporter.



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