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Dip into Summer!

We are excited to be partnering with 10 Connecticut school districts to bring CT grown fruits and vegetables to Free Summer Meal sites.

Our Dip Into Summer taste tests look to increase Free Summer Meal participation, introduce children to fresh, local foods that are abundant during the summer, provide educational engagement about local food, and support Connecticut growers.

2023's participating school districts include:

  • Branford Public Schools
  • East Hartford Public Schools
  • EdAdvance Food Service
  • Manchester Public Schools
  • Meriden Public Schools
  • Middletown Public Schools
  • Naugatuck Public Schools
  • Norwalk Public Schools
  • Plainville Community Schools
  • Vernon Public Schools

Keep your eyes on this page, Put Local On Your Tray social media, and your school district's website and social media for dates and locations of local Dip Into Summer taste tests.

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The CT Summer Meals Program is federally funded by the USDA and state-administered by the Connecticut State Department of Education. The program provides free, nutritious meals to kids during summer break. Summer Meals are offered at over 400 sites around the state from June to late August! Meals are free to any child age 18-and-under, no questions asked.
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