Students at the three Brattleboro elementary schools — Academy School, Green Street School, and Oak Grove School — will notice a big change in the cafeteria this year. Thanks to a new Universal Free School Meals program, all school meals, including breakfast, lunch, and after-school meals, will be free for every student.
School meals have always been available for free to some students, depending on income. Parents have had to fill out an eligibility form, which is then used to determine who is eligible for free lunch and who must pay the full price for their meal (the state of Vermont decided to eliminate a third category, the reduced-price meal, several years ago).
After more than 40 years in operation, Community Action Brattleboro Area (CABA) has voted to officially cease operations. The funds remaining in the organization's name have been donated to Food Connects to support that organization's work cultivating farm and food connections in schools and communities in and around Windham County.....(Brattleboro Reformer)