Seamless Summer: Free lunch program goes beyond the school year

It’s easy to forget that many students go hungry during the summer months. Children involved in summer activities need adequate nutrition to fuel their play.Federally funded summer nutrition programs provide the free meals many students count on during the school year. You might think of the Seamless Summer Program as “school lunch without the homework”.

The Seamless Summer program targets areas where at least half the children in the community qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the school year. Meals are free to anyone age 18 and younger. This year, six sites will be open in Jackson County: North Sand Mountain High, Woodville High, Section High, Rosalie Elementary, Bridgeport Elementary, and Stevenson Elementary.
Children from nearby schools are encouraged to attend. Parents and care takers are welcome to eat as well. Adult lunch plates will cost $4.50, while the cost of adult breakfast is $2.50.

Cafeteria favorites such as pizza, nachos, chicken tenders, cheeseburgers, BBQ sandwiches and hot dogs will be offered along with a variety of fruits and vegetables. Lunch service will begin at 10:30 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Breakfast service will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will continue until 10 a.m. The program starts Monday, June 3rd and ends on Friday, June 28th.

If you would like additional information about the Seamless Summer Program, please contact Jennifer Pritchett, Jackson County CNP Director, at 256-259-9511.

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