New Fairfield students can eat for free thanks to federal grant
NEW FAIRFIELD — Public school students in town can get free school breakfast and lunch beginning Monday, regardless of their household income, the school district announced recently.
New Fairfield recently received approval from the state Department of Education to participate in the Seamless Summer Option school meal program, allowing all public students in the district — as well as their siblings under 18 years of age — to receive school breakfast and lunch meals at no cost.
The program is funded through a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant and will be offered through Dec. 31, or until funding runs out.
For the duration of the program, no charges will be processed for any meals served in school or picked up for students learning remotely in New Fairfield.
The only charges will be for à la carte and snack items purchased in person at the high school.
Students in kindergarten through eighth grade will continue to choose from a selection of breakfast and lunch options each day during homeroom, and high school students will select breakfast and lunch options in the school cafeteria.
Remote-learning students can place breakfast and lunch orders by calling 203-312-5825. Their meals will be available for pick-up Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at New Fairfield High School.
Students do not need to have been approved for the traditional free or reduced meal programs to receive the free meals, but the district still encourages families who qualify for those programs to apply since the SSO program will eventually end.
“When this SSO program ends, we will revert back to the rules of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program and charges will resume unless you are approved under these programs,” the school district’s business and operations director, Richard Sanzo, said in a letter to New Fairfield families.
Families who qualify for the traditional free or reduced meal programs may also want to complete an Addendum A, “where if you qualify for the traditional free or reduced meal program you may also have some school fees waived or reduced” according to Sanzo.
Application materials are available on the New Fairfield Public Schools website.
Questions may be directed to the school district’s food service director, Kaycee Czyzak, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-312-5825.