NEW BRITAIN – More meal sites for students to get their breakfasts and lunches have been added to ensure that everyone has access to nutritious meals during the school shutdowns.
The Consolidated School District of New Britain and Whitsons Culinary Group added two new sites starting from Tuesday. The district will be driving to Malikowski Circle and the Mount Pleasant neighborhoods and set up drop off sites. Both breakfast and lunch will be provided.
The Whitsons food truck will also be driving through the various parks in New Britain beginning at 1:30 in the afternoon. These sites include Chesley Park, Walnut Hill Park and Stanley Quarter Park to ensure all New Britain students have access to meals.
The original five sites are still in operation at New Britain High School, 110 Mill St., Pulaski Middle School, 757 Farmington Ave., Smalley Elementary School, 175 West St., Smith Elementary School, 142 Rutherford St., and a food truck at A.W. Stanley Park, Stanley St.
Hours for the meal distribution centers are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meals are grab-and-go and both meals may be obtained during each of the open hours so parents and students don’t have to make two trips. There will be no requirements to check in or sign up, both parents and students can come by to pick up the meals that are all freshly made.
“We want to get as many students and families fed with nutritious meals as possible during the shut-down,” said Jeffrey Taddeo, resident district manager for Whitsons School Nutrition. “This is something we’ve been working on for weeks so we’re ready to meet the needs of the schools.”
Taddeo was out at the sites early Tuesday morning to get a sense of need and realized about 300 people at the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood could really use the help. He said several families are taking care of multiple children because other parents have to work, which means it can be challenging for a lot of families to make it out to some of the meal sites.
“That’s why we decided to have a drop off site at both Mt. Pleasant and Circle Malikowski,” Taddeo said. “We realized there’s a need after the first day on Monday and we’ll be making reevaluations every day to see where we need to add more locations, which is likely to happen.”
Superintendent Nancy Sarra said the district has been working ahead of the curve and her staff has been prepping for the moment for the last three weeks. Along with food services, the superintendent said they’re looking for more robust distance-learning plans because chances are high the school shut down could be longer than anticipated.
The school district is currently closed from March 16 to March 30.
If anyone knows of a particular neighborhood that is in need that the district may have overlooked, email Jeff Taddeo at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit: www.csdnb.org