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Welcome to Silver Lake Regional District and Union 31 Nutrition Services!

 

Dear Families,

While the start of the 2021-2022 school year will hopefully look a little more "normal", I wanted to share with you some good news. The USDA extended a waiver that allows schools to serve free breakfast and lunch to ALL students, through THE END OF THE 2021-2022 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 their learning at school. Families are still encouraged to fill out Free and Reduced Meals paperwork, as children who qualify may be eligible for other programs.

What this means for your family and for SILVER LAKE REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT –

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

-          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, more fresh produce, 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.

-      We do offer some ala carte options at each school. Milk comes free with any school meal. If a student wishes to get a milk to accompany a meal from home, milk costs $.75. Some of our schools also offer other ala carte options like second entrees or second meals, snacks or frozen treats for an additional cost. We accept cash, and we encourage prepayment by cash, check or online at www.myschoolbucks.com.

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,

Megan Ahrenholz, RD

School Food Service Director

SLRSD, KPS, Dennett, HES

781-582-3556

mahrenholz@slrsd.org