Thirteen schools in the region will be part of the scheme.
Over 2,200 students in the midlands will benefit under the expansion of The Hot School Meals programme.
Eight schools in Offaly have been selected, three in Westnmeath and two in Laois.
Research from the Department of Social Protection suggests the scheme has impacted positively on school attendance and the mental well-being of students.
Minister Heather Humphreys says it's particularly important for more disadvantaged families: