CREC Food Service Program Information

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CREC  Summer Meal Sites (Click here)

Hartford Public Schools Open Summer Feeding Sites_2022 (Click here)

**** UPDATE; 6/23/22 ****

The Seamless Summer Option that we have been operating under during the past 2 years will expire on 6/30/22, so students and schools that are not eligible for meals at no charge will need to resume collecting eligibility information. Students that don't qualify for free meals will need to begin making payments for meals again. Stay tuned for recent updates that may affect the above!

See the press release by clicking here.

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

CREC Press Release for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP): click here
CREC Press Release for Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools: click here

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 as well as possible P-EBT benefit eligibility (Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfers), 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 

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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 (Note: all meals served free during 2021-22 school year due to COVID-19 Pandemic USDA/CSDE Waivers)

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 (Note: all meals served free during 2021-22 school year due to COVID-19 Pandemic USDA/CSDE Waivers)

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: [email protected] /


Christine E. Wallace, SNS
Food Services Program Assistant
Capitol Region Education Council
111 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106 
Email: [email protected]/

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