Norwood Food Service Update
Meals will be made available, *free of charge*, to all children, ages 0-18. The USDA has extended waivers that will continue to allow parents/guardians to pick up their children’s meals at distribution sites.
We will be offering two types of meal service models for both in-school and remote learners, ensuring that no child goes hungry.
Meals for Students Learning In-School
All Students will be offered both free breakfast and free lunch through either grab n’ go or traditional cafeteria style service models. All schools will be serving grab n’ go style breakfasts for students to take with them to the classroom before the school day begins. For lunch, grades K-8 will be able to eat their meals directly in the café (physically distanced). Grades 9-12 will be provided a To-Go style lunch as they exit the building at the early release dismissal. Although it is encouraged, students do not have to participate in the meal program.
Meals for Students Learning Remotely
Meals will be distributed on Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 11am to 1:00pm. Meals can be picked up at either the Balch Elementary School (car drop off lane) or at the High School (door 13, rear of building). *Meals are available at no cost to all kids and teens, ages 0-18.* Children do not need to be present for caregivers to pick up remote meals. Multiple days worth of meals will be given out to cover until the next remote meal day.
Paper applications are also available at the Food Service Office at the Savage Center, 275 Prospect St., as well as each school's front office.
Although meals are currently available free of charge for ALL students, families are still encouraged to fill out the 2020-2021 Free and Reduced Application, as it is unclear if funding will run out prior to the December 31st waiver extension.
Food is a big part of everyone’s well-being, and students need a place to eat where they can connect with others, recharge, and enjoy a sense of happiness in their school.That’s why we serve food kids love to eat and create programs that encourage fun and discovery. Most importantly, we believe that happy cafeterias start with our people. So we empower them to go above and beyond to bring their personal “extra” for even more creativity and joy at mealtime. Our goal every day is to make sure that students leave the cafeteria happier and healthier than when they came in.
Locally in Norwood we serve meals to over 3,600 students in 8 schools; 6 elementary schools and 2 secondary schools. We do more than feed hungry students at Norwood Public Schools. We improve how students eat by preparing fresh, delicious and nutritious meals they love! We engage students and all of their senses through the creation of new and fresh dining experiences that improve their school day. Our wide variety of menu items, programs and initiatives nourish student’s bodies, minds and spirits.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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