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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

dmucci@mursd.org

 

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, as late as December 31, 2020 or as long as funding is available. 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 that will support them, both in school and at home.

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. This applies to students who are attending classes in school or virtual classes at home, or a hybrid combination of these models.

-          You may pick up meals for your children once weekly on Wednesday’s 11:30-12:30 for those  students who are remote learners at the school you designate.

-          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. However, as of now, the USDA has only allowed this as late as December 31, 2020 or as long as funding is available.  Therefore, 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 (if the waiver is not extended for January to June 2021).  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.

We are finalizing our plans for how, when and where meals for in-school and remote learners will be provided and we will be sharing those plans with families as soon as possible. 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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