WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington School Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand recently announced that Wilmington students will continue to receive free school meals throughout the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.
Meals for students will remain free throughout the course of the next school year,” Brand told the community at the latest School Committee meeting. “And that’s not just a Wilmington decision, but a federal decision.”
Brand did clarify, however, that if a child just wanted to pick a component of the meal — like milk — or a snack, then they would have to pay. Milk costs $0.60 at all schools. Snacks cost $0.50 to $1.00 at the elementary schools and $0.50 to $2.00 at the middle school and high school levels.
Brand also noted that staff members will continue to pay a nominal fee for any food they purchase.
The Wilmington Food Services Department was praised by Brand and the School Committee for also continuing to prepare and provide free bagged breakfasts and lunches every Wednesday morning this summer, from 9:30am to 11:30am, in the Adams Street high school parking lot, outside the Events Entrance. The process continues to operate as contactless and curbside, with meals being placed in the trunks of participating families’ vehicles.
These meals are available for any children — 21 and younger — living in Wilmington or another community. The meals are prepared in the high school’s safe and sanitary kitchen by Wilmington staff.
Questions can be directed to Mary Palen, Administrator of Wilmington Food Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Our Food Services Department will continue to serve the community as they’ve done so very well for a year-and-a-half,” said an appreciative Brand.
Brand also shared, in a memo prepared by Palen, that the Shawsheen Elementary School is having its walk-in freezer replaced this summer.
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