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Exploring the Benefits of Free School Lunches for All – Poverty Data Gap in Maine Schools!

(PHOTO: The Bay State Banner)

Navigating the Challenges of Free School Lunches: Identifying Students in Need

he Dilemma of Universal Free School Lunches: Addressing the Hidden Struggles of Students

In Maine, many schools are now giving out free lunches to all students but because of this some schools are having trouble figuring out which students need extra help according to CentralMaine. Parents had to fill out forms to show if they needed free or cheap lunches for their kids. But now, fewer parents are filling out these forms because all lunches are free.

READ ALSO: Revolutionizing Summer Nutrition For Children With Funded Program: DHHS Launches ‘Sun Bucks’!

Navigating the Challenges of Free School Lunches: Identifying Students in Need. (PHOTO: Kennebec Journal)

The Success of Community Eligibility Provision in Ensuring Free School Lunches for All

One way some schools are dealing with this is by joining a program called Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). With CEP schools in poor areas can give free lunches to everyone without needing forms from parents. This helps schools make sure all kids get to eat and it takes away the stress for families who worry about sharing their financial information. It’s a big change but it’s helping lots of kids get the food they need at school.

READ ALSO: Enhanced Child Care Tax Credit- Unlocks Substantial Savings For Families In Wisconsin!

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