Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts offers additional funding for schools that are mandated by the state to run a school breakfast program. A school is mandated to offer school breakfast if it is eligible for federal severe need reimbursement AND at least 50 students were eligible for free or reduced price meals in October of the prior year. These schools are eligible for up to $0.0975 per meal for breakfast costs that exceed federal severe need reimbursement. School nutrition directors must submit documentation of breakfast costs to the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) each month to receive this reimbursement. Types of allowable costs include food preparation, food service, cleanup, supervision, extension services, enrichment activities, etc.
Universal Breakfast (UB) is a program that enables schools to offer breakfast to all students at no charge, regardless of household income. In Massachusetts, a state mandated elementary school where at least 60 percent of students were eligible for free or reduced price meals in October of the prior year may apply for UB funds from the DESE at the beginning of the school year. All meals must be served as part of the school day. Meals served through the UB program are given an additional reimbursement of approximately $0.15 per meal based on cost documentation. This money is provided in addition to the federal severe need and state mandated reimbursements. UB funds are distributed to schools twice per year. School nutrition directors must submit documentation of breakfast costs to the DESE each month to receive this reimbursement. Allowable costs for UB programs are the same as those for state mandated schools. For more information about UB, please see our downloadable outreach materials.