Great news for Boston Public School (BPS) students and their families: there will be FREE lunches when you head back to school this year! The free, universal meal program at BPS started with breakfast last year as a guaranteed, morning boost to get children ready for a full day of learning. Now the city has announced to the BPS community and the Boston Globe that the program has expanded to include free, nutritious, delicious lunches for all students regardless of a family’s ability to pay. That comes out to a savings of about $450 per student per year, not to mention hours of lunch prep time. These options are not brand new, but the lack of paperwork is. Families no longer have to show proof of income to qualify their children for the meal program. Mayor Menino stated in a recent press release that school meals are our children’s right, and you don’t need paperwork to prove that. Stay up to date with news about the BPS meal program from the School Lunch Boston blog and check out what’s on the menu for your children this year (both the blog and menu are available in multiple languages). Enjoy school this year with a full belly and a full mind!