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Welcome to Food and Nutrition Services!

Mendon-Upton Regional School Lunch Program

90 Pleasant Street, Upton, MA 01569

(508)529-2146

[email protected]

 

ATTENTION!  PLEASE READ BELOW ABOUT UNIVERSAL FREE LUNCHES TO FAMILIES 

 

While the start of the school year looks a little different for everyone, I wanted to share with you some good news that schools nationwide received last week. The USDA extended a waiver that allows schools to serve free breakfast and lunch to ALL students through out the 2021-2022 school year! We are thrilled with this news as it means that we will be able to provide all of Mendon-Upton students with nutritious and nourishing food for free.

What this means for your family and for the Mendon-Upton School District –

-       Your children, ages 0-21 , will receive a healthy breakfast and lunch every school day, at no cost, in a safe and welcoming environment. 

-          It allows the Mendon-Upton Regional School District to provide the most nourishing and appetizing meals possible for your children. When your children eat school meals, it helps the school system by providing federal funds to the district. The more meals we serve, the more funding we receive, allowing us to focus on meal quality, variety and innovative practices (new recipes, frozen take home meals, etc.). If your children have never before participated in school meals, consider trying the program this year!

-       It helps you save time and money. By allowing us to prepare meals for your children you don’t have to plan and shop for your children’s breakfast and lunch each school day.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has requested that the USDA extend free meals for all students for the entire school year. Families should still submit a household application to determine eligibility for free and reduced price school meals. This will also allow students to qualify for any additional benefits and ensure a seamless transition when schools move back to a paid program.  The application is available to download at mursd.org

In addition, we also encourage families to apply for SNAP benefits. SNAP provides monthly cash benefits (on an EBT card) to purchase groceries for eligible families. To apply for SNAP, visit www.startwithsnap.org  or call the Project Bread FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333. If you are unsure whether your family is eligible, the FoodSource Hotline can assist you with eligibility questions. Families approved for SNAP are directly eligible to receive free meals at school and do not need to fill out an application for free and reduced price meals.

Please reach out with any questions you might have. Your children are the reason we do our jobs and we are here to make sure that they are fueled with good food!

Best regards,

Dianne Mucci, SNS FSD

 

 


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