Free Summer Meals

Free Summer Meals Information
Posted on 06/23/2020

Summer Meals

Student Meal Pick-Up Update

The Waterford School Dining and Nutrition Services currently offers curb side pick-up of breakfast and lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Clark Lane Middle School  from 9am-11am for all students and siblings in household ages 18yrs and younger. This service will continue through August 21, 2020.  Any questions regarding meals, please contact: Dianne Houlihan, Director of School Nutrition Services  @ 860-444-5862 or email  Please see below for more information on the free summer meal service.

What are Summer Meals?

The Free Summer Meals Programs are an extension of the Federal School Meals Programs when school is not in session. They are federally funded programs through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and are administered by the CT State Department of Education. Public schools or non-profit organizations typically make and distribute the meals throughout the community.

Where are Summer Meals Offered?

Summer Meals sites can be located in places like schools, playgrounds, parks, and even libraries. They are available at over 500 locations throughout Connecticut during the summer.  In Waterford, meals will be offered at Clark Lane Middle School, 105 Clark Lane, Waterford.  Waterford Public Schools will continue serving FREE Grab & Go meals for Breakfast and Lunch three days a week during the summer.  Breakfast and Lunch may be picked up at Clark Lane Middle School from 9AM-11AM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Monday and Wednesday pickup will contain 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches per student; Friday pickup will contain 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches per student. 

* IMPORTANT!  For the safety of all, if driving please stay in your car and drive up for distribution.  Drive up, pop your trunk for distribution and a Waterford staff member will bring your meals to you!

To find other locations near you:

Call toll-free 211  or

·         Text "CTmeals" to 877-877  or

·         Visit: (CT sites will be updated in the near future)

What food is served?

Similar to the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, the Summer Meals Programs must meet federal nutrition guidelines. A nutritious meal composed of fruits/vegetables, grains, protein, and milk is served. 

Check out the Summer Menus  for food served at CLMS.

What is the cost?

It's FREE for all children 18 and younger.

What do you need to register?

NOTHING! Children do not need to be registered for any programs to receive a summer meal. All children and teens 18 and younger are welcome at any location. There is absolutely no cost to the child or family for the meals, and there is no ID, paperwork, or registration required.

Justice for AllNon-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410


(202) 690-7442


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


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