Free summer lunch program starts July 6
Free summer lunch program starts July 6
Posted on 07/02/2015
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WEST HAVEN, June 26, 2015 — West Haven children who are 18 and under will again be provided free meals over the summer at sites across the city through a program offered by the West Haven Public School Food Services Department.

The program will run from July 6 through Aug. 7 in 17 different locations at parks, schools and summer programs, and is operating in partnership with No Kid Hungry and End Hunger Connecticut. The goal is to ensure West Haven students are getting nutritious meals during the break from school, especially given the large percentage of students who are in the free or reduced cost meal program during the school year.

Kids and teens don't need to come every day to participate and they don't need to show ID or be enrolled in a program at the site. They can simply come to the site and eat a free meal.

The meals meet federal nutrition guidelines and will have milk, fruits, vegetables, grains and meat or another protein. Foods may include celery sticks, salad, watermelon slices, baby carrots, sandwiches and hand-tossed cheese pizza. Visit www.ctsummerfood.org for more information and an FAQ.

The schedule is as follows. Lunch will be available at 10:30 a.m. at Anna V. Molloy School at 255 Meloy Road, Bailey Middle School at 106 Morgan Lane, and Glade Street; at 11 a.m. at Vertical Church at 225 Meloy Road, Alma E. Pagels Elementary School at 26 Benham Hill Road, and Meadowbrook; at 11:30 a.m. at Forest Elementary School at 95 Burwell Street, Where Angels Play (the new Sandy Hook playground) on Sea Bluff Beach on Captain Thomas Boulevard, and Spring Heights; at noon at Carrigan Intermediate School at 2 Tetlow Street, Seth G. Haley Elementary School at 146 South Street, Washington Elementary School at 369 Washington Avenue, and Savin Rock Community School at 50 Park Street; and at 12:30 p.m. at Piantino Library at 1 Forest Road, the main West Haven Public Library branch at 300 Elm Street, Painter Park at 190 Kelsey Avenue, and in WHHS hockey rink area at 1 McDonough Plaza.

Additionally, breakfast will be served at Glade Street.

Anyone looking for a meal site can call 211 or text “CTmeals” to 877877. Some of this year’s meal locations are different from those utilized last summer, as adjustments were made based on participation.

Food Services Director Meg Kingston said she hopes to continue building off of the success of last summer’s program when 24,799 meals were served to students. Prior to last year, a smaller free meal program had been offered at around 11 sites.

“The program definitely fulfills a need in town, but it’s open to any and all kids in West Haven, and we encourage them all to come to one of our sites and get a meal. Last summer, we saw some kids who came most days of the program and others who came by just because they were playing on a playground nearby,” Kingston said. “We’re proud that we’re offering this expanded program again and are able to continue giving kids access to healthy meals even when school is out.”