Federal Government Approves Meals Waiver For Massachusetts

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MALDEN – The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced today, March 30 that the department learned on Sunday, March 29 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved its request to waive the requirement that school meal sites must be located in areas where at least 50 percent of school lunch program participants are eligible for free and reduced-price meals.

“Therefore, all school districts that are distributing meals during school closures related to COVID-19 and are focusing the distribution of these meals to children and teens in need of them are now eligible for USDA reimbursement,” announced DESE today, March 30.

Framingham, Ashland, and Natick Public School systems have all been providing meals for students in need since schools are closed.


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