Free Summer Meal Program returns in Pittsburg - KOAM TV 7

Free Summer Meal Program returns in Pittsburg

The Pittsburg School District is gearing up for it's free summer lunch program with funding help from the federal government.

For the second year in a row the program will be offered at five schools.

"At times it probably saves $15 a day," said April Bollinger.

Every dollar adds up for April Bollinger and her family.

"It's cheap, you can't beat free. I think everyone should take advantage of it at one point," said Bollinger.

The program provides free breakfast and lunch provided by the Pittsburg School District.

The program is open to children 18 years-of-age and younger.

"It is a great way, and such a benefit because it is free and I can't stress that enough," said Child Nutrition Director Susanna Thyer.

School officials say they serve 400 to 500 people a day, but would like to see that number increase.

"The more meals that we can serve, the more kids that we can provide a healthy nutritionally meal for," said Thyer.

About 86% of the students at Westside Elementary are on a free or reduce meal plan. However there are no restrictions on the summer program.

"There are no financial guidelines, there are not address guidelines. If there is a child that lives in Alaska during the year, but is spending the summer with grandma they can still come and eat a meal with us during the summertime," said Thyer.

The district will begin serving meals June 2nd.

For more information on the free summer meal program: http://www.usd250.org/vimages/shared/vnews/stories/4f43d6120c801/Summer%20Food%20Program%202014.pdf

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