Tue. Jan 19th, 2021

Quebec extends eligibility for school meal program, increases budget by 60%

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The provincial government on Tuesday announced that funding for school meals for students from low-income families will be extended to all pre-school, elementary and secondary institutions this autumn.

Quebec Education Minister Jean-François Roberge said the funds can be used for breakfasts, lunches and snacks. Schools will contact parents to inform them of the program, and students can be enrolled in the meals program for the entirety of the school year.

Funding for the program will be increased by $11 million — a jump of about 60 per cent — and criteria for the allocation of those funds will be revised.

Previously, funding had been provided only to those schools with students from families from low-income neighbourhoods, which left equally vulnerable students in other, non-designated schools ineligible for the program.

Roberge has asked schools to establish an emergency food distribution network to support the program.

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