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School Meals Update: Sept 30th deadline for school district meal policies fast approaching; Breakfast after Bell reminder


School Meal Debt Update - September 30th DEADLINE for Districts to Post their Meal Policies

MA state budget requires the following:“…all cities and towns shall publish and disseminate meal charge policies…in a format that is easily later than September 30, 2018  FY19 Final Budget, DESE school lunch state match, line item 7053-1909.  MLRI’s Emerson National Hunger Fellow, Yesenia Jimenez, has been tracking school district compliance with this requirement.  We would love to hear from you about the policies you are seeing in YOUR school districts and urge your help in reminding districts of this requirement.  We encourage districts to take a look at Amherst-Pelham’s Meal Charge Policy and Massachusetts No Student Hungry Coalition website

Here’s some terrific news from last week and this week, including a High School student who testified in person at the Northbridge School Committee meeting last week.

MassLive article on Sept 30th Meal Charge posting Deadline: 

Channel 3 news interview with student Susie Timmons:   “Before she knew it, it was taken away and a cheese sandwich was put in its place. The tears began to flow and other children didn’t know what to say or do.”  Susie Timmons, High School Sr. 

Worcester Telegram on Northbridge School Committee Hearing :

And please JOIN the No Student Hungry Coalition here:


Breakfast after the Bell Update (from Catherine Drennan)  

The Rise and Shine Massachusetts coalition had a successful call-in day yesterday. Many people made calls, including Congressman McGovern! Keep up the communication with your Representatives. The coalition is still working to move this in informal session and if it does move, we want our Reps. Standing ready to be supportive. Thank you.

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