School Meal Information 2022-23 SY

School Meal Information 2022-23 SY
Posted on 08/30/2022

During the transition back to normal school operations in the 2022-23 school year, the Waterford Public School District has opted in to the School Meals Assistance Revenue for Transition (SMART) funds providing meals (breakfast and lunch) at no cost for all students at the beginning of the school year. This means that the state has provided funding that will allow us to start the school year providing students access to school lunch and breakfast at no cost.

Please note that meals at no cost to all students are unlikely to last all year and are subject to the availability of district funds.

When funding is depleted,  which we estimate to be in late fall, and the  availability of meals at no cost will expire, it is critical that households submit a free and reduced-priced meal application as soon as possible to determine a student’s eligibility for this school year to avoid unpaid meal charges. Once funding runs out, CT schools will return to full price meals for students except those who qualify for free or reduced meals.

Completing and submitting an application will also help your child’s school raise additional funds to help us make meals available to all students at no cost for as long as possible. The district will notify parents and guardians with more detailed information as we receive it. We will provide notice so that students who are not directly certified or have no approved application on file will be expected to start paying for their meals. We encourage all families who believe they may qualify to fill out an application as soon as possible. These are available in your school offices or online.

Families may qualify for free and reduced meals through the school meal application process or through the direct certification process managed by the Connecticut State Department of Social Services (CT DSS). The direct certification process coincides with food assistance programs extended by the CT DSS to families in need of this qualified assistance. These programs include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance (TANF) and Medicaid.

More information regarding the Free/Reduced Price School Meal Application, process, and FAQs can be found on the Waterford Public Schools’ Food Services Webpage - https://www.waterfordschools.org/parents_family/food_services 

Please contact Dianne Houlihan, Director of School Dining and Nutrition Services at:  [email protected] or 860-444-5862 for more information.

Click Here  Free/Reduced Meal Application

 

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