Meriden Schools Teach Community About District’s Summer Dining Program

by: Sara Tewksbury

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MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Meriden Public Schools hosted a free party in the park to educate the community about the district’s summer dining program. A new study by No Kid Hungry found that six out of seven children who might have needed summer meals before the pandemic were missing out.

The report says that in Connecticut, it is estimated that more than 105,000 children could be deprived of access to summer meals due to changes to federal waivers that ease the logistical requirements for families to obtain summer means. for children in 2021 and 2020.

“We have had great success in the past and hope to serve 106,000 meals to our community and yours this summer,” said Susan Maffe, Director of Food and Nutrition Services.

The summer meal program begins June 20 and there will be four sites in Meriden serving the food.

These Summer School Meals Program locations open on June 20:

  • John Barry Elementary School: 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Israel Putnam Elementary School: 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
  • Lincoln Middle School: 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
  • Maloney High School: 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

These park-based locations open June 27:

  • Le Mériden Green: 12:15 p.m.-1 p.m.
  • Municipal park: 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

For more information on the summer meal program at Meriden, visit