East Haven Public Schools and the Connecticut No Kid Hungry campaign, a partnership of End Hunger Connecticut! and Share Our Strength®, today announced the launch of East Haven’s first summer meals program, which offers children and teens ages 18 and under access to nutritious meals while enjoying recreational activities with their peers when school is out.
While Connecticut ranks fourth in the nation for the number of children participating in free summer meals programs, only one out of every four children in Connecticut who receive free or reduced-price school meals participated in the summer meals programs last year. Connecticut’s summer meals programs are funded through the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by the CT State Department of Education.
“We’re excited to help launch East Haven’s summer meals program and to offer more children and teens access to nutritious meals during the summer,” Lucy Nolan, Executive Director, End Hunger Connecticut!, said. “Summer meals programs offer children and teens the opportunity to interact with their peers in a fun, recreational setting while helping to ease the financial strain of families struggling with food hardship.”
East Haven’s summer meals program, running from July 7th through August 8th is available at Momauguin School (99 Cosey Beach Road) serving lunch from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Monday through Friday, and will also be available at Deer Run School (311 Foxon Road) serving lunch from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Monday through Friday.
“There are more than 1,500 children in East Haven who qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the school year and we’re delighted to offer them access to nutritious meals during the summer months,” said Dr. Bonner, Superintendent of East Haven Public Schools.
Summer meals programs provide nutritious, free meals and snacks to kids and teens 18 years of age and younger all summer long. There are hundreds of locations across Connecticut that make free meals and snacks available to all kids and teens during the summer months. Many summer meals locations also offer recreational activities and entertainment to ensure participants enjoy some summer fun while eating a nutritious meal.
To find a free summer meals site in your community, visit www.ctsummerfood.org, call toll free 2-1-1 or text ‘CTMeals’ to 877-877.