Local school district partners with federal agencies to give kids nutritious meals during the summer

Posted at 11:05 AM, Jun 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-13 12:05:13-04

In the words of the immortal Alice Cooper: “School’s out for summer!” But not for everybody. 

Some students are still cracking open the books in summer school, but even for those not in class, school is not totally “out.”

School districts throughout the metro, including Hickman Mills, are providing free meals for the toasty month ahead through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Senior Services.

At Warford Elementary they are serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner from now until June 30.

There are no income or registration requirements. Any child younger than 18 can eat for free.

Grennan Simms, director of Nutrition Services for Hickman Mills, said this is an important resource for children who may only get a good meal during the school year.

At Warford, for example, around 300 lunches are served every day. When the last class period of the semester ends, it could mean a summer lacking in nutrition and filled with anxiety about getting the next meal.

This collaboration between school districts like Hickman Mills and the government’s Summer Food Service Program makes sure that when the school bell rings for the final time, the dinner bell still chimes.

For more information on meal times and locations, check the district’s nutrition services website.