For the first time, Stillwater Area Public Schools will be providing breakfast and lunch free of charge during the summer to children in need of a nutritious meal. The school district qualified this year for a federal food program that will reimburse the cost of all the meals, said Supervisor of Food Services Linda Nordgren, and students will not be required to fill out any paperwork to receive their meals.
“The program is anonymous and free,” Nordgren said. “Children just need to come and eat.”
The meals that were consumed will be counted, and that number of meals will be reported to the federal food program for the reimbursed cost.
“The school district isn’t paying for the cost of the meals, but our goal has always been about trying to feed kids a nutritious meal all year round,” Nordgren said. “We are happy that this can be a part of helping those children that are food insecure during the summer.”
The Summer Meals Program will run Mondays through Fridays, June 16 through August 22 (closed July 4) at the Stillwater Junior High School cafeteria, 523 W. Marsh St., Stillwater. Breakfast will be served 8:15-8:45 a.m., and lunch from 11:15-11:45 a.m. for children ages 2-18 years of age.
“We think that about 70 students will come for breakfast on the first day, and about 120 for lunch,” Nordgren said. “We will be ready for more, if more show up.”
The initial target for the program, Nordgren said, are the students who are already a part of the free- and reduced-lunch program.
“Currently, Stillwater schools has about 11-12 percent of its students enrolled in the free- and reduced-lunch program, and we have let those parents know that this program will be available during the summer,” Nordgren said. “But any child can come and eat a meal.”
Menus will be available online at stillwaterschools.org/summer-meals and include both hot and cold entrees. Meals will be served on a first-come-first-served basis, and staff will do their best to have food for all children who attend. Shoes and shirt will be required.
For the safety of all children, the district requests that a responsible adult bring the children to the cafeteria, stay with them for supervision, and escort them out of the school building when they are finished eating.
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