Twinsburg schools continue food program through summer

Donations, federal program provide service for families who may need assistance


TWINSBURG – Families in the Twinsburg City School district needing help with food may be happy to know that the district will continue to serve meals through the summer.

“The program is the Summer Seamless Feeding Program, and it is and will continue to be fully reimbursed by the federal program throughout the entire summer,” said Mark Bindus, the disitrct’s dietician. “Our donations for the program have been from Jersey Mike's sub shop, Solon Dental Excellence and some treats funded by Paws on Child Hunger and The Emergency Assistance Center.”

Meal pickups, which includes breakfasts and lunches, will usually take place on Tuesdays, according to information from the district. Pickup locations are at the Reminderville Athletic Club /Drug Mart Parking Lot at 10:30 a.m., Deer Run at 11:15 a.m., and Ray Court/Pinewood Gardens at 11:30 a.m. Additionally, five-day meal packages will be available for pick-up at Samuel Bissell Elementary School from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Bindus said the federal program was administered by the state. Currently, more than 200 families are registered to participate in the weekly Meal Drop Program, with about 150 students being served each week. Only students from the district are able to participate.

The district is reimbursed about $2.25 per each breakfast and about $3.97 for each lunch served during the summer, Bindus said.

“Because our free and reduced population is below 30% in Twinsburg, we are classified as a Closed program,” Bindus said. “Districts that are at 30% or higher free and reduced population are classified as an Open program, meaning that they are able to serve students in the surrounding communities as well.”

She said the donations help the district feed children the district does not get reimbursed for feeding.

“During COVID-19, we did not refuse any Twinsburg area students, however, the reimbursement our school district receives only covers students who qualify for free and reduced price meals. About 17% of Twinsburg City School District students quality for the federal Meal Program. 

“Although the Twinsburg City School District is financially self-supporting with this State administered program, Summer Seamless Program, the reimbursement is enough to financially cover our labor and food costs.”

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