SOMERSET — Students at Somerset Berkley Regional High School will be able to purchase food in the student dining center of SBRHS after school under a new program that is being started there.

Food Service Director Jason Morency said fresh meat sandwiches, parfaits, salads, fruits, sports drinks, water and some heartier meals will be served between 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the high school.

Morency said students will be able to purchase a sandwich, fruit and drink for under four dollars.

“I think it’s going to be a great success,” Morency said.

Morency said he expects the new program to start next week. He said there are a lot of benefits to the program, including parents knowing their children can get a healthy meal in the school without having to go outside of school property for food.

“We’re going to have a pretty good menu for students to enjoy,” Morency said.

Somerset Berkley Regional School Committee Vice Chairman Stephanie Field said students who play sports and are in music programs after school would be the primary customers of the food program, but she also wanted to know if other students could also buy the food, as well. Morency said the high school has a lot of students who play sports who could help to make the program a success. He said the program will be open to all students and staff, as well, who want to purchase food after school.

Somerset Berkley Regional School Committee member Julie Ramos Gagliardi wanted to know if more staff would be needed for the after school food service program. Morency said current staff will be used to prepare the food, but he said extra labor would be needed to run the business to sell the food.

Gagliardi said she thinks the after-school food program is a great idea.

​Morency said the school has a great outside patio area where students will be allowed to eat after school. He said the after school food service program will be more like a college atmosphere.

The school’s food service is managed by Chartwells, a private company.

South Coast Today​