Yes, you read it correctly, FREE breakfast and lunch for ALL students this year!

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Through the Community Eligibility Option, Boston Public Schools in partnership with the MA Department of Early and Secondary Education (DESE) will waive all meal fees for all Boston Public School students, regardless of family income status.  This means no more meal applications.  No more forgetting your lunch money.  ALL students in Boston Public Schools will have the opportunity to enjoy breakfast and lunch for free every day at their school.

For more information check out the press release on the Boston Public Schools website or the article in today’s Boston Globe.

Also check out the lunch menu and hope to see YOU in the lunch line this year!

 

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News stories in the Boston Herald and the Boston Globe during the first few days of school echo the excitement of Food and Nutrition Service about free breakfast for all Boston school students.

Starting on the first day of school, September 6, all students at all Boston schools were offered the opportunity to start the day with a healthy, free meal.  The program is applauded by nutritionists, principals, and students.

The Boston Globe article refers to a study that measured the impact of school breakfast in 16 Boston public schools.  The study showed that increasing student participation in school breakfast also improved nutrition, school attendance, emotional functioning, and math grades.

To read the full articles check out the Boston Herald and the Boston Globe websites.

A report issued on June 15th by the CDC in the Preventing Chronic Disease journal found that following a policy passed in June 2004 restricting the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages in Boston Public Schools, students reduced the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages significantly.

The study reports that the reduction is equivalent to 45 kcal or a 19% decrease in reported consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. This reduction accounts for 25% to 40% of the total “energy gap” – the calories in excess of a person’s daily energy needs – that is believed to contribute greatly to the continually increasing average weight of youth across the United States.

The Boston Globe points out that this compares favorably to the national average of reduction in consumption from 1.74 to 1.66 sugar-sweetened drinks every day.