By 530News staff –
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.
Great Bend USD 428 will once again provide free meals to children in June and July.
Breakfast and lunch will be served 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 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.”
Last year the district served 231 breakfasts and 437 daily, on average — a total of 2,077 breakfasts and 3,929 lunches. When the district chose to continue the program through July, Park School was chosen for its location, which is near Brit Spaugh Park and Zoo, the Wetlands Aquatic Center and Great Bend Public Library.
The summer meal program is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and no district funds are used to run the program.