House Expected to Extend Free Student Meals for the Rest of School Year

State Capitol building. Courtesy of CTNewsJunkie.com

The West Hartford Board of Education provided breakfasts and lunches for all public school students at no cost through the end of 2022, even though funding had run out, but on Jan. 2, 2023, charges returned for those who do not qualify for assistance.

By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com 

House leaders hope to meet later this week to pass an emergency-certified bill that would include more federal funding to continue a recently-expired program providing free school meals for Connecticut students.

The legislation would allocate between $50 and $60 million funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to extend an initiative that fed school children throughout the pandemic, even those who did not qualify for other forms of assistance. Previous federal funding began to run dry late last year, leading local officials in many districts to suspend the program.

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