• My Way Cafe The My Way Café school meals program is a partnership between the Boston Public Schools and the Shah Family Foundation. The program provides fresh, whole, nutritious, and delicious meals (breakfast and lunch) to students every school day. Meals are cooked in each school and served by BPS Food and Nutrition Services staff. 

    My Way Café offers deconstructed meals, meaning the main ingredients of the meal are separated and students choose which food items they would like on their plate. There are also various options to better reflect students’ cultures and nutritional requirements. Students are empowered to choose their own menu items, which educates them around making healthy food choices, even when they are out of school. 

    My Way Café launched as a pilot program called “Hub and Spoke” in four East Boston schools in the spring of 2017. Following the rapid success of this model, the program expanded to an additional 25 schools in East Boston, Mattapan, and Roxbury in the 2018-19 school year. 

    This year, My Way Café kitchens will open in an additional 30 schools throughout Dorchester and South Boston. The neighborhoods were selected based on data showing areas of the city with the highest need for better access to nutritious food.

    Schools with My Way Cafés as of August 2019:

    • Samuel Adams Elementary School (East Boston)
    • Dante Alighieri Montessori School (East Boston)
    • Boston Day and Evening Academy (Roxbury)
    • Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School (Roxbury)
    • David A. Ellis Elementary School (Roxbury)
    • Ellison Parks Early Education School (Mattapan)
    • Fenway High School (Roxbury)
    • Curtis Guild Elementary School (East Boston)
    • Nathan Hale Elementary School (Roxbury)
    • Haynes Early Education Center (Roxbury)
    • Rafael Hernandez K-8 School (Roxbury)
    • Henry L. Higginson School (Roxbury)
    • Higginson Lewis K-8 School (Roxbury)
    • Samuel Mason Elementary School (Roxbury)
    • Donald McKay K-8 School (East Boston)
    • Ellis Mendell Elementary School (Roxbury)
    • Mildred Avenue K-8 School (Mattapan)
    • Madison Park Technical Vocational High School (Roxbury)
    • John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics & Science (Roxbury)
    • Hugh R. O'Donnell Elementary School (East Boston)
    • Orchard Gardens K-8 School (Roxbury)
    • James Otis Elementary School (East Boston)
    • Charles H. Taylor Elementary School (Mattapan)
    • Maurice J. Tobin K-8 School (Roxbury)
    • Mario Umana Academy (East Boston)
    • Young Achievers Science & Math Pilot K-8 (Mattapan)
    • Manassah E. Bradley Elementary School (East Boston)
    • East Boston Early Education Center (East Boston)
    • East Boston High School (East Boston)
    • Patrick J. Kennedy Elementary School (East Boston)
    • Mattahunt Elementary School (Mattapan)