Summer breakfast and lunch offered free at select schools
Hunger doesn’t end just because it’s summer. That’s why School District 51 and the United States Department of Agriculture want to offer all children free breakfast and lunch as part of the Summer Food Service Program, at approved locations, for the next five weeks.
“The USDA has done studies that say that kids who eat well during the summer are more prepared in the fall, if there’s not a gap in nutrition,” said Dan Sharp, director of nutrition services for School District 51.
Sharp said that the school district has provided free meals to all children under the age of 18, regardless of their enrollment status, for the past decade, if not longer.
He added that the program was probably most important to children this year after noting that the school district had the highest number of children enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program last year.
“It’s enriching to know that this program is helping families that are struggling,” he said.
The program serves at least 1,200 students per day at the five locations. Those locations qualified for the program because they have a 50 percent low-income enrollment, plus are conducting activities such as summer school on campus.
The menu is a simplified version of the regular school lunch program and includes one entree choice, fresh fruit, salad, dessert and milk. It is free to all children and $3.25 per adult. It is not based on income and children in day care, church groups, or other organizations are welcome.
The program is taking place at varying times at the following locations, Monday through Thursday, June 14 until July 15:
— Chipeta Elementary, breakfast 7-8 a.m., lunch 11:45-1 p.m.
— Dos Rios Elemenatary, breakfast 8:30-9 a.m.; lunch 12:45-2 p.m.
— Pear Park Elementary, 7:30-8 a.m.; lunch 11:45-1 p.m.
— Bookcliff Middle, 8:30-9 a.m.; lunch 12:45-2 p.m.
— Mt. Garfield Middle, 8:30-9 a.m.; lunch 12:45-2 p.m.
For more information, call nutrition services at 254-5181