Springfield, MA – Home Grown Springfield, the culinary and nutrition program of Springfield Public Schools, has been distributing meals alongside the Oasis Food Pantry distribution every Friday at Central High School since last April. Beginning Friday, April 23, 2021, the Friday distribution will be relocated to the Eastfield Mall parking lot from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. The location will focus around the old Sears Tire Center building and is easily accessed from the Boston Road entrance. Home Grown Springfield provides breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack for multiple days for any child 18 or under.
Mayor Sarno states, “I am so appreciative of John Foley and his team at the Oasis Food Pantry, which continues to assist thousands of families in need. As we continue with the transition to in-person learning as work to defeat this COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, it was necessary to relocate the Oasis Food Pantry distribution to a new location. I want to thank all involved for their continued dedicated efforts in keeping this much-needed meals program going strong. This meals distribution program is like a finely tuned machine with heart and that touches the lives of so many.”
In addition to the distribution with Oasis, Home Grown Springfield provides grab-and-go meal service Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:00-6:00 pm for anyone 18 or under at the following schools: Boland Elementary School; Bowles Elementary School; Brookings Elementary School; Chestnut Middle School; Forest Park Middle School; Indian Orchard Elementary School; Milton Bradley Elementary School; Rebecca Johnson Elementary School; Talmadge Elementary School; Warner Elementary School; Washington Elementary School.
Any child or teen 18 or under is eligible for the meal program. No ID necessary to receive meals, they do not need to be from Springfield, live in Springfield, or attend Springfield Public Schools. Adults may pick meals up on behalf of the child or teen.
To find free grab-and-go meals for students text “Springfield” to 82257 *message and data rates may apply. To find menus for the free meal service, please visit www.homegrownspringfield.com/menus