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Mugford Reminds Tewksbury Families of Benefits of Free & Reduced Meals Application

Children may be eligible for other fee waivers, and town can receive extra funding

Welcome back students and families! We are excited to update you with the news that Massachusetts students will receive FREE school meals in School Year 2023-2024 and in all future years! Last month, Massachusetts became the eighth state to make Free School Meals for All permanent, which means that breakfast and lunch will continue to be served at no cost to all students for years to come.

Please note that even though meals will be free for all, it is very important for families to still complete the Household Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals for the 2023-2024 school year.  

You can view and complete the application here.

We strongly encourage families to submit this form because the benefits do not stop at just free school meals. Other school fees may be free and reduced for those who qualify. Completing this form also helps our district to receive more federal funding to keep our Nutrition Program strong.  If you receive a direct certification letter informing you that your child(ren) will receive free or reduced-priced meals, you do NOT need to fill out an application.

Download more info, including income guidelines:

If you are interested, please consider applying for SNAP, the federal nutrition program that provides eligible residents with monthly financial assistance to purchase groceries. More SNAP information can be found at or by calling Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333. 

It is our privilege to provide breakfast and lunch to your children, supporting them with nourishing and healthy meals to power through the school day!   

Please reach out with any questions or concerns that you may have.

DebraLee Mugford, M.Ed, SNS
Director, Food & Nutrition Services

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