Two New Haven schools serve free lunch to community

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The cafeterias at two high schools in New Haven were bustling today even though the district is on winter break.

The Hillhouse High School cafeteria there was the look and smell of a typical school day, but classes were not in session.

This week is winter vacation and the food is being served up, so that does not go to waste.

“Given the snowstorms of last week, we had some extra school food, we’re on school vacation this week and it wasn’t going to last,” said Garth Harries, New Haven School Superintendent.

“We have this food already prepared and we want to be able to utilize it someway without having to just throw it away,” said Gail Sharry, New Haven School Food Director. 

An army of volunteers including cafeteria workers, security guards and school bus drivers who picked up families from city housing units, made this all possible.

lunch for city workers

“So, the school buses are out there stopping at different places and hopefully bringing families here,” said Sharry.

The idea, developed by city officials during one of last week’s snowstorms, helps on on two levels.

Food is not going to waste and parents are able to get a helping-hand during an especially stressful time of the year.

“As you know, for parents, this can be a burdensome during this time of the year break. Normally, their children get free breakfast and free lunch during school year, but when we’re on a break a lot of them are home, so parents are taking on an extra burden of purchasing extra food for the refrigerator and other things,” said Principal Kermit Carolina, Hillhouse High School.

Families were not the only ones benefiting. Hard-working city public works employees and police officers also enjoyed some good food that could have all gone to waste.

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