New Milford schools have a 30% free and reduced lunch rate, with another 22% of families slightly over the threshold, but still in need. Many of these family’s students receive meals during the school year, but not during the summer. This forces already tight food budgets to be stretched further to provide summer meals for their children. Add to that traditionally declining food pantry donations during the summer and you’ll understand why summer is deemed “the hungriest time of the year.
The Summer Lunch Bunch provides daily meals (M-F) to students. Each meals contains a sandwich, salty snack, sweet treat, something extra, and a drink. A breakfast item is provided daily as well. On Friday, each child receives a weekend meal pack containing two days of food.