Summer food service for kids beginning

Summer food service programs are starting at schools and summer program sites across the nation, offering free meals for all students 18 or younger regardless of where they usually attend school.

Summer food service will begin Monday at five School District 51 schools and last through July 20. While adults must pay $3.25 to partake in the meals, children’s summer meal costs are reimbursed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which sponsors the national summer food service program.

Breakfast will be served from 8 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Rocky Mountain Elementary. Breakfast and lunch will be served at the same times at Clifton Elementary Monday through Friday.

Chipeta Elementary and Mount Garfield Middle School will serve lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Chatfield Elementary will serve lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 

The Montrose County School District will sponsor summer food service at Centennial Middle School and Olathe Elementary School. Both schools will serve breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday through July 25.

Riffle Middle School in Rifle will offer a morning snack from 9 to 9:20 a.m. and lunch from 12 to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday through Aug. 2.

Food Bank of the Rockies is sponsoring a summer meal program through the USDA at 11:30 a.m. Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays June 17 through July 31 at Kimwood Park in Clifton. The food bank will sponsor lunch programs at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 3 at Black Canyon Boys and Girls Club in Montrose and at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday until Aug. 3 at the North Fork Pool, Park and Recreation District in Hotchkiss.


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