We want to update you regarding the free school meals that the Marshfield Public Schools have been able to serve to your children since the beginning of COVID in March 2020. When COVID started, the federal government created a national policy that allowed schools in the entire country to provide free meals to all students. As of now, it is likely that this national policy will end on June 30th, and we want our families to be prepared and give ample time to prepare for this change.
What this means for Marshfield Public School families is that next school year we may return to the traditional system, where students receive free, reduced-price, or full-price meals based upon income status. In order to ensure we can provide free or reduced-price meals to as many families as possible, we will need families to complete the household Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals in August 2022 for next school year. Please note that this does not affect the remainder of the current school year. We will continue to offer free breakfast and lunch to ALL students until this school year ends June 23, 2022.
The most important thing that you can do to prepare for the start of school is to complete the 2022-23 Massachusetts Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals, which will be available online in August 2022 at www.mpsd.org. We strongly encourage all families to submit this form as it is important for the district’s records, and allows us to also waive certain district fees for those who qualify. We will be in touch again in August with the application information and form.
In addition, please consider applying for SNAP, the federal nutrition program that provides eligible residents with monthly financial assistance to purchase groceries. While the 22-23 MA Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals is not available to complete until August, the application for SNAP is available now. SNAP information and application can be found at www.gettingsnap.org .
To put money on your child’s account for lunch or a la carte items, we encourage you to log onto www.myschoolbucks.com where you can pay online and check your child’s account at any time. All funds on account are rolled over from year to year.
The School Nutrition Department at Marshfield Public Schools thanks you for your patience during this anticipated change and we understand the burden that this may place on many families. As always, we are grateful for the opportunity to provide nourishing and healthy meals to all our students, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-319-3812 with any questions or concerns.
Marshfield Public Schools
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