Supplemental budget would keep universal free meals going in Massachusetts

The budget allots $65 million to offer universal free meals in the state for the remainder of the current school year.
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Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey has filed a supplemental budget that includes funding to continue offering universal free meals for the rest of the current school year.

The state offers universal free meals to students for now; however, funding for the meals is set to run out in March. The budget includes $65 million to keep the free meals in place through the end of the school year.

A bill was also introduced earlier this month in the Massachusetts House that would make universal free meals a permanent fixture in the state.

See which states currently offer universal free meals via the map below:



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