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Boston public schools will offer free lunches to all students

Boston school officials are hoping more students will eat the school lunches now that they are free.
Boston school officials are hoping more students will eat the school lunches now that they are free.Credit: Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston Globe

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Boston public schools will begin serving free lunches to all students this school year, even if families have the financial means to pay, school officials are expected to announce Tuesday.

The meal program, more than a year in the making, is part of an experimental federal initiative that aims to make it easier for students from low-income families to receive free meals by eliminating the need to fill out paperwork, including potentially invasive questions about income.

Cities such as Atlanta, Detroit, and Chicago have or will be participating in the free meal program. Starting next school year, the program will be open to any district across the country with high concentrations of poor students.

The federal government will cover the cost of the free meals.

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