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Bill Would Mandate Breakfast In Classrooms In Most Massachusetts Schools

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Stakeholders in the food system are advocating for several bills in the Massachusetts legislature.

  Legislation filed would require all school districts where 60 percent or more of students qualify for free or reduced price lunches to serve breakfast at the start of each school day.

  This could mandate breakfast after the bell, also known as breakfast in the classroom, in places such as Pittsfield and Westfield.

  Springfield, where the program was implemented district-wide in 2017, has seen rates of truancy, chronic absenteeism, and suspensions fall.

  Advocates met in Springfield recently with elected officials to highlight this and other legislative priorities.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Liz O’Gilvie, chair of the Springfield Food Policy Council.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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