Shelton students to get free lunches through November

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The Shelton Board of Education offices.

The Shelton Board of Education offices.

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SHELTON — All Shelton students will continue to have free school breakfast and lunches through November. 

Shelton Public Schools had opted into the state School Meals Assistance Revenue for Transition (SMART) funds, which provide meals — breakfast and lunch — at no cost for all students. These funds will cover the cost of one breakfast, and one lunch per student per day.   

“We are happy to share that the funds have now been extended further to cover breakfast and lunch costs through the month of November,” Superintendent Ken Saranich told parents this week. 

SMART will not cover a second lunch or "a-la-carte extras.” 

“We will keep families updated as to when this program will expire,” Saranich added. 

Because this SMART transition program will expire, Saranich said it is critical that households submit a free-and-reduced-priced-meal application as soon as possible to determine a student's eligibility for this school year and to avoid unpaid meal charges. 

“Completing and submitting an application will also help your child's school raise additional funds, to help us make meals available to all students at no cost for as long as possible,” Saranich said. 

Households that do not submit a free-and-reduced-price-meal application, or whose child is not directly certified, will automatically default to full pay when the SMART funds end.