NYC Public Schools to Provide Free Lunch to All Students

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New York City public schools announced free lunch will be offered to all students, regardless of their families income or where they live starting the 2017-2018 school year.

According to WABC, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said the “Free School Lunch for All” program will provide an additional 200,000 student free lunch. Last year, only 75 percent of New York City students were eligible for free lunch last year. The district stated it is now eligible to receive the highest reimbursement from the federal government through Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which made the “Free School Lunch for All” program possible.

“Students need healthy meals to stay focused in school, and it is a major step forward that every New York City student will have access to free breakfast and lunch every day,” Fariña said in a statement. “Free School Lunch for All will provide financial relief to families and ensure all students are receiving nutritious meals so that they can succeed in the classroom and beyond.”

As stated in the press release, “Free School Lunch for All” will apply to all schools and students who participate in SchoolFood – including charter and non-public schools. Along with free lunch, all students have access to breakfast free of charge. The press release also noted the administrations’ expansion of the Breakfast in the Classroom initiative to nearly 300 schools.

“We know that students cannot learn or thrive in school if they are hungry all day,” New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “Free school lunch will  not only ensure that every kid in New York City has the fuel they need to succeed but also further our goal of providing an excellent and equitable education for all students.”

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