Meal distribution sites launched following school closures due to coronavirus concerns


(WTNH) — Due to the growing list of temporary closures for school institutions in the state because of coronavirus concerns, several towns are announcing a feeding plan for students in need.

Meriden Public Schools are offering “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch at no charge to everyone 18 and under.  This will be available Monday through Friday. between 11:45 A.M and 12:30 P.M. at the following eight sites:

  • Bus Loop at Lincoln Middle School
  • Bus Loop at Washington Middle School
  • Bus Loop at Maloney High School
  • Ceppa Field
  • City Park
  • Columbus Park
  • Habershon Park
  • Meriden Green

According to a letter from the Superintendent, families will “grab” the day’s lunch, as well as the next day’s breakfast, to eliminate the need for multiple pickups.

Bloomfield Public Schools announced meal service for kids out of school due to coronavirus concerns.

Students in the district can pick up breakfast each weekday between 8-9:00 A.M. and lunch each weekday between noon-1:00 P.M. at Carmen Arace School at 390 Park Avenue.

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Starting March 16, Hamden Public Schools will be serving free pick-up meals.

Breakfast and lunch will be available for pick up Monday-Friday, from 9:00 A.M.-noon. Any child aged 18 and under is eligible for these meals. No pre-ordering is required.

Parents or children may pick up the meals each day at the following locations:

  • Hamden High School
  • Hamden Middle School
  • Church Street School

A ‘Grab-and-Go’ station is now up and running at the MacDonough School in Middletown.

Free grab and go meals will be available to New Britain public school students for pick up at:

  • New Britain High School
  • Smith Elementary School
  • Smalley Elementary School
  • Pulaski Middle School
  • Food truck at A.W. Stanley Park

Breakfast will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New Haven Public Schools says that starting Monday, students can pick up breakfast and lunch at the schools nearest to their homes. Pick-up times are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Click here for a map of locations.

Stratford Mayor Laura R. Hoydick and Superintendent of Stratford Public Schools Dr. Janet Robinson released a statement saying that bagged lunches will be available starting Monday, March 16 between the hours of 11 a.m. and noon. The initiative will be available to families every weekday while schools remain closed. Meals will be provided as grab-and-go and families will not be permitted to remain on-premises to eat.

The following locations are:

  • Franklin Elementary School – 1895 Barnum Avenue
  • Nichols Elementary School – 396 Nichols Avenue
  • Johnson House – 719 Birdseye Street
  • Sterling House Community Center – 2283 Main Street
  • South End Community Center – 19 Bates Street

In Torrington, the Friendly Hands Food Bank is offering a program that provides weekend supplemental food assistance to anyone in the NWCT area. The program will be offered on Saturday from 10 a.m. — noon at the food bank at 50 King Street.

Waterbury Public Schools announced Friday that students will be able to pick up breakfast and lunch at 25 schools around the city between 9 a.m. and noon beginning Monday, March 16. The complete list of schools offering those meals can be found here.

The meals will be pre-packaged by the school district’s Food Service Department.

Amici Tavern in North Haven and Hamden are letting kids eat for free while schools are closed.

Kids can get their free lunch at the North Haven location Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Kids can get their free dinner at the Hamden location Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Guests must purchase one sandwich or entree for the kids to eat free off the kid’s menu.

The Community Renewal Team has prepared more than 3,000 meals for seniors in central Connecticut.

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