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Summer lunch program

May 18, 2017


            With summer right around the corner, it’s time to think about keeping children eating healthy while school is out. An easy and inexpensive way is to send them to neighborhood public schools at mealtime.

            USD 428 will once again provide free meals to children Monday through Friday from June 5 to July 28. No meals will be served on July 4. 

Meals will be served at Park, Riley Eisenhower, Jefferson and Lincoln schools until the end of June. Beginning on July 5 they will be served only at Park School. They are prepared at the district’s central kitchen and served by USD 428 employees.

            Breakfast is served from 8-8:30 a.m. and lunchtime is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity for parents or child-care givers to feed children during the month of June and July for free,” said Khris Thexton, USD 428 interim superintendent.

            The doors are open for anyone under the age of 19 for the free meals, but adults can eat breakfast for $2 or lunch for $3.50, Thexton said. There are no income or registration requirements and no identification of any kind is needed.

            “It offers a nice, cool place for them to eat,” Thexton said. “With five locations in town, a free lunch is just a short walk away for most people.

            “This is really a good program for anyone with children. We hope everyone will take advantage of it,” Thexton said.

            Each year, the United States Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations like USD 428 to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer. The program has been supported locally for more than 20 years.

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