SOUTHINGTON – Southington Public Schools will be offering free breakfast and lunches to all students 18 and under starting Wednesday.
The school district announced that breakfast and lunch will be provided for free during the school day. Families with kids 18 and younger can receive free meals through the district’s “Grab and Go” program.
“We strongly encourage everyone to feel comfortable having their students take advantage of this program,” Superintendent of Schools Tim Connellan said.
People can pick up “grab-and-go” meals for remote learning and hybrid education students at John F. Kennedy Middle School, located at 1071 S. Main St. in the Plantsville section of town, and Joseph A. DePaolo Middle School, located at 385 Pleasant St., between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.
The district will be reimbursed for these meals through the National School Lunch Program.
“Southington Public Schools applied for a waiver to extend the ‘Seamless Summer Option’ of the National School Lunch Program,” Connellan said. “The extension runs through Dec. 31 2020. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reserves the right to withdraw this approval subject to the availability of funding.”
Terri Carmody, chair of the local Board of Education, said she and the other board members were “absolutely thrilled” when they found out that the district had been approved to extend free meals.
“It was great news, which was very well-received, with everything that was going on,” she said. “All we can do is offer our praise and our thanks for this grant. This will allow us to provide free meals for all children regardless of financial status.”
The local school district also offered free meals through its grab-and-go program during the summer. Carmody said many local families made use of this option.
“Things have been really rough, so a lot of families have been taking advantage of meal assistance,” she said. “Our district has been able to provide them with some great food.”
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