While the start of the school year looks a little different for everyone, I wanted to share with you some good news that schools nationwide received last week. The USDA extended a waiver that allows schools to serve free breakfast and lunch to ALL students, as late as December 31, 2020 or as long as funding is available. We are thrilled with this news as it means that we will be able to provide all Plymouth Public School students with nutritious and nourishing food for free that will support them, both in school and at home.
What this means for your family and for Plymouth Public Schools –
- Your children, ages 0-18, will receive a healthy breakfast and lunch every school day, at no cost, in a safe and welcoming environment. This applies to students who are attending classes in school or virtual classes at home, or a hybrid combination of these models.
- You may pick up meals for your children who are remote learners at designated schools or other meal sites that are distributing meals.
- It allows Plymouth Public Schools to provide the most nourishing and appetizing meals possible for your children. When your children eat school meals, it helps the school system by providing federal funds to the district. The more meals we serve, the more funding we receive, allowing us to focus on meal quality, variety and innovative practices (new recipes, frozen take home meals, etc.). If your children have never before participated in school meals, consider trying the program this year!
- It helps you save time and money. By allowing us to prepare meals for your children you don’t have to plan and shop for your children’s breakfast and lunch each school day.
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has requested that the USDA extend free meals for all students for the entire school year. However, as of now, the USDA has only allowed this as late as December 31, 2020 or as long as funding is available. Therefore, families should still submit a household application to determine eligibility for free and reduced price school meals. This will also allow students to qualify for any additional benefits and ensure a seamless transition when schools move back to a paid program (if the waiver is not extended for January to June 2021). You may download the application and instructions in PDF form here. (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader). Applications are also available at all school offices.
In addition, we also encourage families to apply for SNAP benefits. SNAP provides monthly cash benefits (on an EBT card) to purchase groceries for eligible families. To apply for SNAP, visit www.startwithsnap.org or call the Project Bread Food Source Hotline at 1-800-645-8333. If you are unsure whether your family is eligible, the Food Source Hotline can assist you with eligibility questions. Families approved for SNAP are directly eligible to receive free meals at school and do not need to fill out an application for free and reduced price meals.
Families may drive by any of our 12 schools and get a FREE Breakfast and FREE Lunch while children are not in school. The schools will be open Monday - Friday.
DRIVE BY PICK UP TIMES:
COLD SPRING 10:15- 11:15 Main Entrance of School
FFS 11:30 - 12:30 Main Entrance of School
HEDGE 11:45 - 12:45 Main Entrance of School
IBES 10:15 - 11:15 Main Entrance of School
MANOMET 10:15 - 11:15 Main Entrance of School
NMES 11:00 - 12:00 Main Entrance of School
SES 10:00 - 11:00 Main Entrance of School
WEST 11:30 - 12:30 Main Entrance of School
PCIS 11:00 - 12:00 Back of School @ cafe doors
PSMS 9:30 - 10:30 Outside door near corner of cafe
PNHS 11:00 - 12:00 Side Door of cafe by patio
PSHS 11:30 - 12:30 Main Entrance of School
Please reach out with any questions you might have. Your children are the reason we do our jobs and we are here to make sure that they are fueled with good food!