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Summer Hot Lunch Program To Begin At Area Schools

June 8, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

With the Summer vacation from school in full swing, children of all ages are busy each day with a multitude of activities to occupy their time. For some, a busy schedule may find them missing a meal. But for others, the possibility of missing a meal due to family dynamics and daily trials and tribulations is very real and unfortunately, a common occurrence.

To address that need, the Emmetsburg Community School District will be offering a Free Summer Hot Lunch Program for anyone under the age of 18. The program will offer both breakfast and lunch service, starting this coming Monday, June 12, and will continue through August 4. There will be no food service during the week of July 3-7 or on July 19.

According to Emmetsburg Food Service Director Deb Goeders, breakfasts will be served at West Elementary in the Cafeteria on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 8:30 a.m. and in the High School cafeteria on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

A Hot Lunch, similar to typical school-time hot lunches, will be served daily from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the High School cafeteria. Children coming to the High School for Breakfast or Lunch should use the Auditorium Entrance, Entrance 4, to gain access to the building.

All meals will meet federal nutritional guidelines, and are free of charge to those youths aged 1-18. The meal service is on a first come-first serve basis each day.

According to Goeders, the Summer Nutrition program is very common across the state in districts of all sizes. District participation is based on a need factor in the school district. Any district in which over half of the student body qualifies for free and reduced lunch programs, qualifies to participate in the Summer Nutrition program. Federal funds cover the cost of the food and labor involved in the program, which has been in existence nationally since 2011. This is the first year that Emmetsburg has qualified to offer the program, but the district will now be able to offer the program for up to five years under current guidelines.

A similar program is being offered at the Graettinger/Terril Community Schools in Graettinger. The program began Monday, June 5 and will continue through June 30. There will be no meals July 1-4, but the program will resume on July 5 and continue through July 14.

Serving times in the Graettinger cafeteria will be from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. for hot lunch, Monday through Friday. The program is open to all children aged 1-18, free of charge. Adults are also welcomed to participate at a nominal fee.



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