Meals to be Distributed to Families on Select Wednesdays During November and December
NORWOOD — General Manager Tony Mazzucco and Superintendent David Thomson are pleased to share that the Town of Norwood will provide meals to families once again through the Norwood Family Meals Program, beginning next month.
The program, run through the Norwood Public Schools in partnership with the town and Norwood Food Service, was an idea that started with the members of Norwood’s Incident Command Team in the spring. The program first ran during May and June and served weekly dinners to over 400 families.
The program will provide free grab-and-go dinner meals for Norwood families who have students in the Norwood Public Schools or who are home-schooled, or Norwood families of other schools with children under 18 years of age.
“The Family Meals Program was incredibly successful in the spring, and we are pleased to be able to fund the program once again,” General Manager Mazzucco said. “We will continue to assist the Norwood community through these difficult times however we can, and we thank the Norwood Public Schools and Norwood Food Service for their continued partnership and efforts to coordinate this valuable program.”
The meal distribution dates are as follows:
- Wednesday, Nov. 4
- Wednesday, Nov. 18
- Wednesday, Dec. 2
- Wednesday, Dec. 9
- Wednesday, Dec. 16
The schedule excludes the weeks that schools will be on holiday break, during which meals will not be served.
Families are asked to fill out a Google form to indicate their request for grab-and-go dinners. All meal requests should be submitted by 10 a.m. on Tuesdays through the months of November and December. The meals will be available for pick up from Balch Elementary School or Norwood High School on Wednesdays.
All meals will be prepared and packaged “family-style” and distributed cold, with heating and cooling instructions provided. Meals contain 8-10 servings so that they may last more than one day for a family. Different meals will be prepared each week with two options to chose from. A full menu can be found here.
“We aim to provide easy meals each week that provide dinner for the whole family, which is what makes this program unique,” said Elijah Norris, Food Service Director, Chartwells at Norwood Public Schools. “The Norwood Public Schools cafeteria staff were crucial to the success of the program in the spring, and we thank them for their continued work to feed Norwood children and families during these unprecedented times. We urge anyone who is interested in a meal to fill out the form so we can accurately plan for distribution.”
Anyone with food allergies should contact food services at [email protected] or call 781-762-6804, ext. FOOD, to discuss alternative options.
Click here to order meals through the program. All requests are kept confidential and are used for planning purposes only.
The initiative is being funded by donations received through the Norwood Fund and from Norwood Bank.
The USDA has also extended waivers that allow free breakfast and lunch for all kids, 18 and under. Click here for more info on the school’s free remote and in-school meal programs.