Summer Eats

Free Meals are Available During the Summer

Free meals? How is this possible?

Belchertown Public Schools participates in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).  This is a federally-funded, state-administered program. SFSP reimburses program operators who serve free healthy meals to children and teens in low-income areas.  Belchertown qualifies for SFSP based on 2019 Census data.  To learn more about SFSP, click here

Who is eligible to receive free meals?

All school aged children are eligible to receive free meals.  SFSP is separate from the free and reduced meal program operated during the normal school year, and SFSP is open to all children regardless of household income or school year free and reduced status.  Children do not need to go to belchertown public schools and they do not need to be approved for free or reduced meals at school.  

What will my children receive?

Each eligible child in the household will receive 1 breakfast and 1 lunch for every school day in the week (monday-friday only).  Each household will also receive 1 gallon of milk for every 1-2 eligible children in the household.  The menu is posted on the bottom of this page.  Substitutions will be made for medically documented food allergies, but food preferences, such as "I don't like sunbutter" cannot be accomodated. 

How do I get meals for my children?

Meals are distributed at Chestnut Hill Community School on Wednesdays from 11:30a.m-12:30pm. Cars should enter at the Chestnut Hill Community School entrance on State Street and follow the traffic pattern.  Cars that enter at Belchertown High School or Swift River Elementary School will be turned around and made to re-enter at CHCS.  Upon approaching our red meal distribution tent, please open your trunk so we can put meals in your vehicle.  To minimize contact, we will not put meals on passenger or back seats, or hand meals to passengers.  If your vehicle trunk cannot be opened, we will place meals outside of your vehicle and you can put them where you like.  Children must be present to receive meals. 

What if I can't get to meal distribution?

There are a small amount of delivery drivers available to distrbute meals to families who may lack transportation, and that request can be made using the meal sign up link here.  Other resources available to obtain food at no cost during the school closure include:

  • Brown Bag: Food for Elders (Pre-registration required): The Food Bank’s Belchertown Brown Bag 60 State Street, Belchertown, MA (413) 323-0420 Hours: 2nd Friday 10:30-11:30am
  • Food Pantry: Belchertown United Church of Christ, Helping Hands Cupboard 18 Park Street. (413) 323-7442 Hours: Call to confirm.
  • Food Pantry: St. Francis Parish, St. Francis Food Pantry 10 Park Street (413) 323-6272
  • Amherst Survival Center: All meals provided to go. Groceries available. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 11am – 3pm. www.amherstsurvival.org
  • Sharing the Blessings: Sign up for a free food parcel by clicking this link.

Is there anything else I should know?

If you have experienced a loss of household income due to Covid-19, you may be eligible for SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps), and you can apply at any time.  Please visit this link to apply or find out more information. We are here to support students and families during this difficult time.  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me directly.  For families who already receive free or reduced price meals at school, you are eligible for Pandemic EBT (P-EBT).  P-EBT provides food support to help families with children who were receiving free and reduced-price school meals pay for food. Click here to find out more. 

Click here for Summer Eats Menu

1 gallon of 1% white milk will be offered for every 1-2 children in the household. Lactaid available upon request. 

Kelly Slattery, RD, LDN

(413) 323-0442

kslattery@belchertownps.org

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