More than 64,000 meals served since late March
SPENCER — For many children across the region, the COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on food insecurity. Locally, tens of thousands of meals have been provided to students to combat hunger.
Paul Haughey, superintendent of the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District, announced on Friday morning that local schools have served more than 64,300 meals to students since beginning to distribute post-closure food on March 23, 2020. The efforts continue, with 46,037 meals being distributed since the start of the current school year, Haughey said. He added that school breakfasts served this year exceed the total number of breakfasts served in the prior three years combined.
In the Spencer-East Brookfield regional schools, breakfasts and lunches are pre-assembled in paper bags, often needing only to be heated and served.
“We know it’s been a challenging year. However, we are so happy about the progress we have made as a department within the regional school district; and are so humbled and grateful for the opportunity to provide our families with this essential service,” Haughey wrote.
Anyone with questions about the regional school district’s food services department is encouraged to contact the district’s food service director, Brianne Pulver, at 774-200-7162 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.