Virus Update: Schools release information on access to bagged lunches and tech devices – Apply for free aid now

The Superintendent of Southborough (and Northborough) public schools has released plans for how families can get help. There appear to be no financial need thresholds for the free aid.

Technology Device Loan Program

Earlier today, I shared news that the schools would be launching “NSBORO-Connect”. It is intended to provide “optional learning opportunities” while schools are closed due to the pandemic. But not every family has access to technology at home. The schools are alerting parents that those who can’t provide their children with devices can apply to borrow one. The following links allow parents to fill out a form that is due by 1:00 pm tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17th:

Bagged Lunch program

Recognizing the reliance many students have on meals provided by the schools, the message shares that students will have access to lunches. The program is open to any Northborough or Southborough K-12 public school student:

The Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough will be offering all school-aged families the opportunity to pick-up free bagged lunches. By the schedule outlined below, 2 bagged lunches will be available for each child on the day of pick-up. Bagged lunches will be available until school is back in session. This effort is being coordinated by our Food Services Managers – Kyle Parson and Dianne Cofer.

How to order a lunch for pick-up?

The order and pick-up location is based on where you live, not based on where your child attends school.

Please complete this form to submit an order:

COVID 19 Food Services Order Form

Who is the contact person for each town?

Northborough – Dianne Cofer – dcofer@nsboro.k12.ma.us or (508) 351-7010 Ext. 1049

Southborough – Kyle Parson – kparson@nsboro.k12.ma.us or (508) 486-5115 Ext. 71228

Orders need to be placed by noon the day before each scheduled pick-up. For example, to receive lunch on Wednesday, March 18th all orders need to be received by Tuesday, March 17th at noon.

What will the pick-up schedule be?

  • Wednesday 3/18 (2 bagged lunches)
  • Friday 3/20 (2 bagged lunches)
  • Monday 3/23 (2 bagged lunches)
  • Wednesday 3/25 (2 bagged lunches)
  • Friday 3/27 (2 bagged lunches)

Where/when do I pick-up the bagged lunch?

  • Southborough residents-pick-up at Trottier Middle School between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the cafeteria side of the building.
  • Northborough residents-pick-up at Algonquin Regional High School between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the cafeteria doors using the main entrance parking lot.
  • There will be signage at each location to direct parents to the pick-up location.
  • Pick-up will happen at the designated entrances ONLY.
  • Please park your car and walk up to the designated entrance. You will not be allowed to enter the building.

What are the menu options?

The Food Service Managers will be preparing sandwiches, such as Italian, turkey, or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, with a serving of fruit, milk, and chips. This is subject to product availability and may need to be adjusted accordingly. Any allergy concerns should be shared when the order is placed.

Who is eligible for bagged lunch?

All families with school-aged children are eligible for this service.

We want to ensure that all families are supported. If a family is in need of any services, we encourage you to reach out to your building’s principal or nurse for guidance.

We have heard from many residents wishing to assist or donate to this effort. Although we appreciate the generosity, we are maintaining control of the passage of food and its sourcing through our Food Services Managers.

In addition to this program, the Northborough and Southborough Food Pantries are open and operational. If you wish to donate food or give a monetary contribution, please reach out to the community food pantries directly. More information about the community food pantries can be found on each pantry’s website:

Northborough – http://nfpantry.org/nfp/

Southborough – http://www.southboroughfoodpantry.org/

Anyone with questions about the lunch program is encouraged to contact Director of Operations Kieth Lavoie at klavoie@nsboro.k12.ma.us or call (508) 486-5115 Ext. 71216.

You can read the full email here.

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