Welcome to Silver Lake Regional District and Union 31 Nutrition Services!
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 THE END OF THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR!! No application or paper work needed! We are thrilled with this news as it means that we will be able to provide all SILVER LAKE REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 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 SILVER LAKE REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT –
- Your children, ages or 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 who are remote learners on Wednesdays at Kingston Elementary or SLRMS between 11:30-12:45, or Dennett Elementary 11:30-12:30 or Halifax Elementary 10:30-12:00.
- It allows SILVER LAKE 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.
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.
Our reopening plans for how, when and where meals for in-school and remote learners can be found here at Food Services Reopening Plan. 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!
Megan Ahrenholz, RD
School Food Service Director
SLRSD, KPS, Dennett, HES