New England News
6:30 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Universal Free School Lunch Program Introduced In Massachusetts

Officials in Springfield Massachusetts will explore joining an experimental federal program that provides universal free school lunches. 

Credit npr.org

Springfield School Superintendent Daniel Warwick says ninety percent of the city’s 20,000 school children are eligible now for free or reduced price school lunches, so it may make sense financially to get in on the pilot program.

The federal program became available in Massachusetts only recently and so far the Boston Public School system is the only participant.  The government program aims to get more children from low income families receiving free meals by eliminating the paperwork and invasive questions about income.