So great news for many New York State parents- Congress passed a bill that will help provide free to low cost lunches for all students.

This bill, Keep Kids Fed Act, aims to keep up the expanded, pandemic-era distribution of free meals for all students this summer, and into the next school year.

Final passage of the Keep Kids Fed Act in the U.S. House came less than a week before rule changes for child nutrition programs were set to expire June 30th. The bill now goes to President Joe Biden for his signature.

According to Tasting Table, the Keep Kids Fed Act will create an extension for many of the original program's waivers, but there are some small changes:

1) The original program allowed the USDA to reimburse schools for the cost of lunches. Schools will still be reimbursed under the Keep Kids Fed Act, but at a lower rate than before.

2) Income requirements that were previously waived are currently set to be reinstated at the start of the next school year as well:

Before the pandemic, meals were free, reduced-price, or full-price for students depending on their family's income. The original waiver program included no income requirements for students to receive free meals."

A bipartisan agreement that had been reached this week in the Senate would have allowed children who are eligible for reduced price lunch to eat for free in the upcoming school year, but that provision was removed from the final agreement.

You can read the full bill online thanks to Congresswoman Elise Stefanik's office.

Central New York's Class of 2022, Senior Salute!

Senior year is full of memories and it closes one exciting chapter of life, but allows a new bright future to flourish that is awaiting all of the Class of 2022 graduates.

Mastrovito Hyundai and Townsquare Media Utica want to help celebrate your achievements and give our local high school graduates the recognition they deserve.

On June 27th, one lucky Central New York graduate will be awarded a $500 scholarship from Mastrovito Hyundai. Congratulations on your diploma and good luck from Mastrovito Hyundai.

One submission per graduating senior.

Below are the photos submitted:

Syracuse Area Seniors Getting Creative With Paint For Parking Spaces

Bear on Campus at SUNY New Paltz NY

On Thursday (June 23, 2022) this unassuming good-size black bear wandered onto campus and decided to climb a tree. The SUNY New Paltz Police along with the NYS DEC Police monitored the situation on-site. They were able to encourage the campus visitor to return home without incident.