NEW BRITAIN – Breakfast and lunch for New Britain children will now be served at the New Britain Boys and Girls Club.
Starting Monday, April 6, the New Britain Boys and Girls Club located on 150 Washington St., will be a food site for anyone under the age of 18 to come and grab breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 p.m.-1 p.m. The Boys and Girls Club is currently closed from all regular activities due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
This is a collaboration between the club, the Consolidated School District of New Britain, and Whitsons Food Services, who has been serving meals for the youth in six other meal sites in the district.
Jeffrey Taddeo, resident district manager for Whitsons School Nutrition, said he expects the meals to be in the thousands and they’re prepared to meet the demand.
“We have a culinary program with the Boys and Girls Club so it was pretty natural for us to have a meal site there,” said Taddeo, who has partnered with the club for the last 20 years. “This is obviously a great thing for the kids. There is a definite need for that side of town. It’s a high-poverty area and I just hope people will come out for the meals.
Recognizing the club is a great location for a meal site, Jason Gibson, district family liaison, said he reached out to the club’s leadership to pitch the idea and everyone acknowledged the need.
“For years the district and the club have had a great partnership and this was just another way of us trying to figure out what else we can do to help,” said Gibson, who is also a community outreach coordinator with the Boys and Girls Club. “This makes the club purposeful in a time of need. We’re just trying to utilize the resources that we have. All we can do is try and see what happens.”
Other meal sites are located at Holmes Elementary School, 2150 Stanley St., 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 Slade Middle School, 272 Main St.
There are also drop-off sites at Mount Pleasant and Malikowski Circle.
Contact Catherine Shen at 860-801-5093 or firstname.lastname@example.org