Framingham school board votes to participate in federal meals program

FRAMINGHAM — Framingham Public Schools students will still be able to receive free breakfast and lunch next school year, after the School Committee unanimously voted to participate in a federal program that allows high-need schools to serve free meals to all students.

Currently, the Community Eligibility Provision is implemented at Thayer Campus, Fuller Middle School, Cameron Middle School, Barbieri Elementary School, Brophy Elementary School, Harmony Grove Elementary School and McCarthy Elementary School.

The committee’s vote means the entire district will transition to the program for the next four years.

“I believe a positive vote to enter into a district wide CEP program will benefit our families and students as we continue to remove barriers for our school community,” wrote Lincoln Lynch IV, executive director of finance and operations, in a memo to the committee .

The US Department of Agriculture made meals free for all students throughout the country thanks to federal waivers awarded in 2020. But the recent appropriations package passed by Congress does not include extending the current free school lunch program past June 30.

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