Summer food service program begins Monday

Free summer meals program for children begins Monday

Last month, the Santa Rosa county commissioners approved locations for the School District Summer Food/Mobile Feeding Program. However, the summer can also be a time of uncertainty regarding where their next meal is coming from.

Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Health Works will also have games and activities set up kids. Each school’s cafeteria workers will be serving the meals. And only one of 13 children who need the meals actually receive them, based on prior years. Putting together a program of this size each year is made possible through funding from the USDA as well the local United Ways.

The South Plains Food Bank seeks to achieve its goal of seeing a hunger-free community through this partnership.

Whether parents are on a limited food stamp budget or are struggling financially, without receiving free lunches five days a week, some children and teenagers find themselves with less food to eat during the summer.

Summer camps, boys and girls clubs, daycare facilities and any other organization with children are all invited to walk over for breakfast and lunch, according to Howington.

Those 18 years old and younger are welcome five days a week during the summer to have lunch in Partners Park from noon to 12:30 p.m. through August 12.

Breakfast will be served from 8 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be served from noon to 12:30 p.m.

School may be out for the summer, but children in Austin don’t have to go hungry during the day. Breakfast: 8-8:30 a.m.; lunch: 11:30 a.m. -noon. Every year, schools continue to serve meals like those students eat during the school year, even when class is out. “For adults, breakfast is $1.75 and lunch is $3.75, which are very reasonable prices”.

The program, which is through the Kentucky Department of Education and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has worked for years to rectify that by offering lunches to children and teens. “I guess that’s kind of the beauty of it, and the scary, apprehensive part”, said Leigh Ann South, director of Community in Schools at Weis.

Irving Elementary School at 901 Floyd Blvd. serving breakfast from 8-8:45 a.m. and lunch. We are dedicated to serving the community during the summer, just as we are during the school year.

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