Brookline Food Services
IMPORTANT Changes Effective April 26
• We will be reducing the number of Remote Meal Pickups to one day per week. Meals will be available for pick up on Fridays only between 5:00 and 6:00 pm.
• Students attending school five days a week should order breakfasts and lunches for the days they are in school via LINQ. Weekend meals can be picked up on the way home on Fridays at 2:30 pm.
• Remote Learning Academy (RLA) students can pick up seven days’ worth of meals on Fridays at the locations listed below. (Note: Ridley and Pierce will no longer be remote distribution sites.)
New Schedule starting April 26
|Meal Site||Location||Pick-up Time|
|BHA High Street Veterans||30 New Terrace Road||3:30 - 3:45 pm|
|BHA 22 High Street||22 High Street||3:50 - 4:15 pm|
|BHA Egmont||55R Egmont Street||4:25 - 4:35 pm|
|Baker School|| Front entrance
205 Beverly Rd
|5:00 - 6:00 pm|
|Brookline High School||115 Greenough Street||5:00 - 6:00 pm|
Free school meals available to all students
As you may be aware, breakfasts and lunches are free for all Brookline Public School students, aged 0-21, through September 30, 2021.
But you may not know is that as of the end of February, the Food Service department has served 115,000 breakfasts and 149,000 lunches. This brought in twice the amount of federal dollars in the district money than the entire 2019-2020 school year, and with four months left! Not only does this service save families time and money, but when your children eat school meals, it provides federal funds to the district.
Funding for Initiatives
This additional funding is being used to help the department attain its sustainability goals, including the following initiatives:
- Transition from using disposable supplies to purchasing reusable trays and utensils
- Assist with purchasing some dishwashing machines in schools, to be able to sanitize reusable trays, utensils and dinnerware
- Invest in farm-to-school initiatives to help the department grow its own food as well as provide nutrition education to students
- Invest in purchasing locally-grown organic foods for the program, while helping to reduce the department's carbon footprint
- Help to offset over $338,000 current outstanding balances of student food service accounts, helping to ensure ALL students have access to quality food, regardless of ability to pay
- Build a sustainable business model, ensuring that the program is self-sustaining financially
How you can participate
You still have time to help maximize the amount of federal dollars the program receives! It’s as easy as 1-2-3:
- Have your kids participate by eating a school breakfast and lunch the days they are in school. Create an account at LINQ and start pre-ordering your kid’s meals today.
- Sign up and participate in the Weekend Take Home Meals Program; breakfasts and lunches are given to students on Fridays at dismissal (see below).
- Participate in the Remote Meal Pick Up Program: If your kids are in RLA, visit one of remote pick up locations on Wednesdays or Fridays and pick up a week’s worth of meals. (See below for more information.)
Already participating? Please continue to do so. We hope this initiative is helping you to save time and money, while offering your children nutritious meals.
Weekend Take Home Meals
Parents with students returning to school full time can sign up for Weekend Take Home Meals. You will need to complete a separate form for each child in your family. Every Friday, students will be given Weekend Take Home Meals at dismissal.
Pickup locations on Fridays at dismissal:
Baker: Door 18 / Walkway to Cafeteria
Heath: Delivered to Classrooms
Lawrence: Main Lobby
Lincoln: Delivered to Classrooms
Pierce: Pierce Amphitheater - Cafe Door
Ridley: Front Lobby
Runkle: Delivered to Classrooms
P-EBT Funds Available
Brookline students who are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals in our school will get Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) funds through the 2020-2021 school year. P-EBT funds can be used to help you buy healthy food for your student and family. It’s important to stay healthy, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Free and Reduced Price Meal Program
While school meals are free for all students for the 2020-2021 school year, please note there are other benefits and assistance for those who typically would qualify for free and reduced price meals. In order to see if you qualify for these benefits, you will need to apply.
- Go to LunchApplication.com.and click “Apply Now”. You will be required to provide your student’s Student Identification Number, which can be found in the Parent Portal.
- We will provide paper applications if needed, however applying online is highly encouraged.
- If you are having technical issues with the application use the help link on LunchApplication.com. Please feel free to contact the Food Service if you need additional assistance: 617-730-2499.