Governor Phil Murphy signed a law providing state funding for about 30 to 40 cents per meal so that reduced-price school meals become free for students from low-income families.
Making school lunches free: The state will soon pay $4.5 million to cover the cost of reduced-price lunches for about 60,000 New Jersey students. The bill was a response to “lunch shaming,” in which districts publicly punish or identify students who have unpaid lunch bills. Under the law, students from low-income families — who currently pay 40 cents for lunch and 30 cents for breakfast under a federal assistance program — will no longer pay out of pocket for meals in public schools.— NorthJersey.com. New laws in Jersey