The Community Renewal Team (CRT) will once again administer a free Summer Food Service Program for school-age children (5 – 18 years old) at locations in Hartford and neighboring towns. This important program provides free breakfast and/or lunches to students during the critical summer months when school is not in session, and children are missing out on access to school-time meals.
For the program that CRT will administer this summer, more than 750 children per day will be served free summer lunches. In total, CRT will provide more than 44,000 meals to kids this summer.
“When school is out for the summer, children really need access to healthy, tasty breakfasts and lunches to supplement their daily nutritional needs,” said Gariann Chiarella, Director of Nutrition for CRT. “We are proud to help coordinate this vital program that helps to prevent childhood hunger here in the Greater Hartford area. CRT has been a part of this annual program for more than 20 years now!”
For the 2018-19 school year, 19,767 (78%) students in the Hartford School District were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. Providing continued access to nutritious meals throughout the summer months while school is not in session helps to ensure that children do not go hungry, and they have meals they need to ensure proper physical and mental development.
To qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, a child’s family must earn less than what the federal government has determined is the poverty threshold. For a family of four, the 2018-19 income guidelines to qualify for free meals is annual gross income of $32,630 or less.
Many of the summer food service programs begin as soon as the 2019 school year ends, and run through mid to late August.
CRT’s Summer Food Service Program will be available to eligible children (age 18 and under) at the following open locations (pre-registration is not required):
- St. Patrick's Church, 64 Pearl St, Enfield, 06082, from June 24 to August 16, 2019 (Lunch only)
- Welles Village, 25 Risley Rd, Glastonbury, 06033 from June 18 to Aug. 16, 2019 (Breakfast & Lunch)
- Apostles House, 131 Elliott Street, Hartford 06114, from July 8 - July 20, 2019 (Breakfast & Lunch)
- COMPASS Youth Collaborative, 54 South Prospect St, Hartford, 06106, from June 24 to Aug. 24 (Lunch only)
- Wilson Gray YMCA, 444 Albany Ave, Hartford, 06120, from July 8 to Aug. 16, 2019 (Breakfast & Lunch)
Please refer to the “Free Summer Food” page on CRT’s website (www.crtct.org) for more information regarding where summer meals for children 18 years and under will be served free of charge.
Editor’s Note: An example of a proposed breakfast and lunch menu is available for reference purposes.
People interested in receiving more information about participation in the free Summer Food Service Program for children should contact:
Community Renewal Team
555 Windsor Street, Hartford, CT 06120
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