Free healthy breakfast and lunch options are available for children under 18-years-old through August 24.
“We have offered regular feeding sites for different groups in the past, but not open sites,” said Lisa Dillon, Director of School Nutrition. “I’m very excited to get it approved for this summer and I would like for it to continue each year. I’m hoping once the word gets out, we will increase the amount we are feeding.”
The program is offered Monday through Friday at Walnut Cove Elementary and Poplar Springs Elementary beginning at 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. for breakfast and lunch 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
“We do have other groups participating at these two sites so we’re feeding close to 400 across the county each day. We have 51 percent of our students in the county that are on free and reduced meals during the school year, so the risk of having hungry children in our community is great,” Dillon said. “I know that we have families that are struggling. We want to have an option for them when they are not in school to be able to have healthy meals for breakfast and lunch.”
For more information, contact the schools directly at (WCES) 336-591-4408, (PSES) 336-985-0234 or Dillon’s office at 336-593-1100.
“Families can bring them to one of the two sites, but we hope they’ll call and let us know. We want to make sure we have enough food,” Dillon said.
The age for this program is two to 18-years-old and all food does have to be eaten at the site; it cannot be taken outside of the schools per federal regulations.
Dillon said the program may also provide a dinner for church VBS, a one-week feeding site. For more information, contact 336-593-1100 or email email@example.com.
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.