CREC Food Service Program Information

Hartford Public Schools list of open Summer Meal Sites in the City of Hartford

CSDE statewide list of Districts with open Summer Meal Sites (click here)

5 reasons why

5 Reasons why details (click here) 

CREC Free Meal and  Distance Learning Academy (CDLA)
Meal Pickup Information 

UPDATE: 7/13/2021

Meals are being offered by many towns for pick up. Please continue to check with the school district in the town you live to find locations and times of distribution. 

We are also distributing free meals to any children age 18 or under at the Reggio Magnet School and the Metropolitan Learning Center by pre-order only. 

Link for Reggio Distribution form: Link to Reggio meal information (beginning 7/6 thru 7/30/21.)  

Link for MLC Distribution form:
Link to MLC meal information  (not operating as of 6/18/21 due to  end of school year)

Any child age 18 years or younger can receive free meal(s) in all CREC schools that are participating in
the Seamless Summer Option now 
through 6/30/2022.

(The below 2020-21 meal pickup information will be updated as we receive new information from the towns/districts this summer.)

Below please find a list of town information that CREC has been notified of. They do not have to be a resident or attend school in these towns/cities.

Quick link for Hartford Public Schools City of Hartford  pickup locations and times: Link to Hartford pickup sites
(Hartford is distributing meals for multiple days with each distribution.)  

Quick Links to Farmington Valley Towns: (All meals must be pre-ordered to help reduce food waste.)
East Granby

Link to CT  State  Department of Ed. listing of towns offering meal pick-

(Blue text links directly to town information. Check these links often as more locations continue to be added. )

Meal Eligibility /Meal Applications Needed

Only the below schools still need to collect meal eligibility and meal applications even though meals are being served at no charge until 6/30/22 under the extension of the USDA Seamless Summer Option. This data is used for funding and grants for many programs, and it is also important to establish eligibility for free or reduced price meals after 6/30/22 for the 30 operating day carryover eligibility into the 2022-23 school year . Please check your school's website under "For Parents and Students > Menu and Meal Program information" for instructions on how to submit a 2021-22 meal application if you feel you may be eligible for meal benefits. 

Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School

International Magnet School for Global Citizenship

University of Hartford Magnet School

CREC Metropolitan Learning Center

Academy of Aerospace & Engineering High School

CREC Discovery Academy

Glastonbury/East Hartford Magnet School

CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Elementary

CREC Soundbridge

CREC Museum Academy 

Meal Programs/Sponsorship: 

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. CREC also offers breakfast, after-school snack programs, and summer meals in some schools. CREC Food Services ensures that all meals served meet age-appropriate nutritional guidelines and that all federal, state, and local regulations are being met. CREC is the sponsor for meal programs in most locations; however, some CREC sites are sponsored by other School Food Authorities. Coordination of meal programs among the different sponsors and towns is handled by the Food Service Program Coordinator. Please contact the Food Service Program Coordinator if you have questions about sponsorship. 

Free and Reduced Priced Meals: 

State approved family meal applications are prepared and distributed to parents at the beginning of each school year. Some students that qualify for free meals due to their participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps) are automatically eligible for free meals if their data is submitted to CREC from the Department of Social Services. Meal eligibility isFood Service determined for the entire school year and carries forward for 30 operating days into the next school year unless new meal application information is submitted. School secretaries’ process the meal applications based on the Federal guidelines and are the determining officials in CREC sponsored programs. Verification of the meal application information submitted via a sample of households qualified for free or reduced meals must begin on Oct. 1 of each year, and parents must provide documentation/proof of their application information by November 15th if selected. 

Payment for Meals: 

Students not qualified for free meals must pay for their meals at either the reduced or full price based on their eligibility status. Meal prices are determined by the Magnet School Office and Operations Department. Online prepayments are available to parents in many CREC sponsored schools at the website, or through the non-CREC sponsored town online payment portals. Look under the “For Parents and Students” section for your school at the website for more meal program and payment information. Parents/students may also pay at the school, but prepayments are highly preferred. Parents that do not provide payments for their child’s meals should send meals from home with their child. Although credit for meals may be offered, it is not required by the State, and funding for unpaid meals cannot come out of any school lunch account funds.

Click HERE for CREC's Meal Charging Policy.

Menus and specific meal program information for individual schools:

Menus, meal application information, meal payment information, and some policies are different for most schools, depending on whether CREC or another town is sponsoring the meal program. It is important that you go directly to your child’s school website at and look under the “For Parents & Students” section in the left panel, and then select “Menus & Meal Program Info” to get accurate information and instructions that is specific for each school.

Contact Information:

Jeff Sidewater
Food Services Program Coordinator
Operations Department
CREC (Capitol Region Education Council)
111 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106 
O: 860-509-3774 |F: 860-524-4001 
Email: /

Christine E. Wallace, SNS
Food Services Program Assistant
Capitol Region Education Council
111 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106 

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