On October 6, 2020, the Greenwich Board of Education unanimously approved a grant from the Greenwich United Way totaling $25,800 which was distributed on July 14, 2020 to the Greenwich Public Schools (GPS) Food Service program, through the dedicated work of the Greenwich Parent Teacher Advisory Council (PTAC). The grant covered approximately 20% of the food cost during the Summer of 2020.
Superintendent of GPS, Dr. Toni Jones shared, "We are so grateful to our partners at PTAC who submitted this grant application on behalf of our GPS team and to the Greenwich United Way for providing funds that directly supported the students and families of our community. The pandemic has created financial, emotional and physical tolls for many of our community members, but by partnering with these incredible town agencies, we hoped to alleviate some of these pressures by committing to distribute an ample supply of healthy and nutritious foods for those that needed it."
GPS Food Services Department, PTAC, Filling in the Blanks (Norwalk), Transportation Association of Greenwich (TAG), Cooperative Educational Services (CES) and the Greenwich United Way worked collaboratively this past summer to support families at risk for food insecurity due to the pandemic crisis. These organizations worked together to assemble and deliver breakfast and lunch meals to families Monday through Friday every week. Over 1,000 meals per day were prepared by the GPS Food Services staff and delivered daily with the help of TAG and CES. In addition, Filling in the Blanks distributed shelf stable foods that were delivered on Fridays to help families prepare meals throughout the weekends.
PTAC President Brain Peldunas added, "PTA Council would like to express our gratitude to the Greenwich United Way for responding so quickly to the needs of the students of Greenwich, and the Greenwich Public School team for providing this critical support to the students and their families. Thank you!"
"The Greenwich United Way recognized that students who receive free and reduced lunch during the school day may not be receiving the food they need during the summer months. Our grant was able to ensure that these families received food over the summer. GUW was proud to partner with a new grant recipient, PTAC, to help our most vulnerable families," said David Rabin, CEO of the Greenwich United Way.
Federal and State decisions allow GPS to continue to serve free meals to all students 18 years of age or younger through June 30, 2021. Meals are provided at no cost to all children. This decision is subject to change at the federal government's discretion. The District also provides free meals for remote students, via daily bus routes or onsite pick up. Grab and go meals consist of deli sandwiches, vegetable bites, whole fruit or cut fruits, snacks, and milk.