Boston Public Schools To Continue Free Meals For Remote Learners

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston Public Schools will continue to provide meals for students of low income families, as they prepare for a fall semester that will begin with remote learning.

According to Laura Benavidez, Executive Director of Food and Nutrition Services at BPS, more than 70 percent of BPS students live at or below the poverty line, which is why it's so important to ensure students continue to have access to meals during the upcoming semester.

There are currently 34 sites in Boston where parents can pick up the free meals, but that will be reduced to 29 when the school year starts.

During the first month of remote learning, BPS said it will offer each student five free breakfasts and five free lunches a week.

Benavidez told WBZ NewsRadio that when schools progress to a hybrid model of learning, "all school cafeterias will be opening back up" to provide meals to the students who do return to classrooms.

However if BPS parents choose to continue remote learning for their kids after any hybrid model starts, Benavidez said they can still go to one of the 29 meal pick-up sites.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas reports:

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