North Branford Public Schools have opted into the School Meals Assistance Revenue for Transition (SMART) funds providing meals (lunch) at no cost for all students at the beginning of the 2022/2023 school year.
The SMART funds are federal funds received by the State of Connecticut through the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The intent of these funds is to assist households by continuing to provide school meals at no cost to students for as long as possible in the school year 2022-2023.
Please note that meals at no cost will expire when all funds have been expended (approximately 12/1/22). It is critical that all households submit a free and reduced-priced meal application as soon as possible to determine a student’s eligibility for this school year in order to avoid unpaid meal charges.
Second meals and ala carte items are NOT free and will be charged to your student’s account. Second meal prices will remain at the current pricing levels. We will review and determine any potential price increases once the SMART funds are exhausted.
Completing and submitting an application for free and reduced price meals will assist the district in acquiring additional funds to extend the free lunch program.
The Food Service Department will notify parents and guardians 30 days in advance of the date when students who are not directly certified or have no approved application on file will be expected to pay for their meals.
Households that do not submit a free or reduced-price application or whose child is not directly certified, will automatically default to full pay when the SMART funds conclude.
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