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 children, aged 18 and younger 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 attend Belchertown Public Schools or be approved for free or reduced meals at school.  

How do I get meals for my children?

The Summer Eats program will run Monday-Friday 6/28-8/20 with no service on 7/5.  Grab n Go Ready to Eat lunches will be available for curbside pickup OUTSIDE of Chestnut Hill Community School from 11:30am-12pm every weekday.  Look for our tent and hot pink sign.  You may arrive by car, on foot, bicycle, skateboard, etc and will have the option to also receive a shelf stable breakfast to eat the following day.  There is no sign up or redgistration required to get these curbside meals.  

We will operate a CLOSED site inside of Chestnut Hill Community School for local camps only, so that we may adhere to DESE regulations for safely feeding children in school. 

Delivery of weekly meal kits will also be available to those who request it by clicking this link.  Please note, there is a one time sign up for weekly meal delivery, and those who sign up will be committing to receive weekly deliveries for the entire Summer Eats program.  

What other resources are available for food in the Summer?

  • 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.

Summer Eats Menu  June   July

Kelly Slattery, RD, LDN

(413) 323-0442

kslattery@belchertownps.org

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