I wanted to take the time to reach out to all of you this morning in case you haven’t already heard, or are looking for more information. The USDA has decided to fund FREE MEALS for all children ages 18 and under. This is huge for addressing hunger and food access for our children, taking the burden off of parents and guardians already facing additional challenges with remote learning, and drastically supports our program, giving us the opportunity to grow and expand in the future. Free meals will be offered at delivery sites throughout town for remote learners, and all in-school meals will be free as well, for as long as funding is available. We are also excited to announce that we will be providing weekend meals for as long as we are able to!
For each meal that is taken by a child, we receive a federal reimbursement. This means that the more meals that are taken, the more money that goes back into the program, and the more likely we are to be able to expand programs such as Farm to School, Meals in the Classroom, Second Chance Breakfast, Grab and Go Breakfast, Plant-Based Meals, and so many other great initiatives we have been asked about by all of you in our community!
We appreciate your support of our program and are happy to be feeding our children, regardless of the circumstances we face this year!
Please reach out to me with any questions.
School Nutrition Assistant Director
Amherst Pelham Regional School District
170 Chestnut Street
Amherst, MA 01002