Andy Vargas
Representative | Haverhill, MA

Massachusetts Representative Andy Vargas Advocates for Universal Free School Meals

Idea Category: Education

Massachusetts: Representative Andy Vargas led the push to make permanent the state’s universal free school meals program that started during the pandemic. Pending Gov. Healey’s signature, the proposals will allocate $56.2 billion in the state’s budget to provide free breakfast and lunch to all K-12 students in Massachusetts, providing much-needed economic relief for families. “For far too long our school meal system left thousands of kids and families behind,” said Vargas. Massachusetts has offered free discounted lunches for low-income students, which has relied on federal funding to cover a part of the cost, but Vargas's initiative will offer a lasting solution to food insecurity and education.

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