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Program Offers Free Food For Hungry Students

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Schools are out for the summer, but school lunch times are still in session. The Department of Public Instruction says it wants to make sure students are still getting nutritious meals during the summer. So, through the Great Plains Food Bank the Summer Food Service Program began offering free meals today.

The coordinator says overall attendance was great for the first day. The program's goal is feed at least 50 students a day. Today they fed 35 students, which she said wasn't bad.

Trisha Helton rode her bike while little sister Sophia rode in the stroller to Custer Park for lunch.

Their mother says she heard the announcements about free lunch at the end of school and loved it.

"It has to be like that because I can't stand being in the house, especially after this winter," says Trisha's mother Siovhan Helton.

This is the first year for the program and the coordinator says they have high hopes for attendance at both Kiwanis and Custer park.

"You bet! We want our kids out of the house. We want them playing, we want them interacting. So, anybody that wants to come and join is welcome," says program coordinator Courtney Schaff.

Schaff says having food available at 11 and 12 for a half hour increments will allow families a break from the house and time outside with other students.

"The biggest part is that it's no cost to the parents and the families," says Schaff.

Helton says the family will be coming back for more nutritious meals, weather permitting of course.

"They had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruit puree, apple sauce and chocolate milk," says Helton.

Though the Helton's ended up being one of only two families that ate at Custer, Schaff says once the aquatics center opens for the summer, more students will come.

Students are invited to a free lunch at Kiwanis Park from 11 to 11:30 a.m. or at Custer Park from 12 to 12:30 p.m.


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