NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The school district will be providing free meals to children 18 and younger starting on July 7 thanks to a federally funded program.

The Summer Food Service Program is a federal program of the Food and Nutrition Services, United States Department of Agriculture. It provides all children 18 years of age and under younger with the same free meal in accordance with a menu approved by the state.

The program is scheduled to run through Aug. 17.

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The district had been providing meals to students twice a week since schools were forced to close their doors in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Tuesdays, the district has been providing multiple breakfast and lunch meals for students to last through Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

On Fridays, the school district has been distributing breakfast and lunch meals for students to last for that Friday and the following Monday.

The meals have been distributed at Archibald Park, Murphy Park, Feaster Park and at the New Brunswick Adult Learning Center on Baldwin Street.