Program provides free meals to kids during the summer

Kokomo Schools Food Services Director Jack Lazar explained that lunches, either hot or cold, will be served free to all children, age 18 and under, at two local "open" host sites - Carver Community Center (1030 N. Purdum St.) and Garden Square Apartments (800 E. Hoffer St.).

The Board of School Trustees approved the participation of the Kokomo School Corporation in the Summer Food Service Program from now to Friday, July 14.

Currently, 99 sites are offering at least one breakfast, lunch or snack service.

The district has also add several new mobile sites.

Each year the U.S. Census Bureau surveys parents to see if their children skip meals, eat reduced portions, or go hungry because the family does not have money to buy food.

At the Webster site, lunch will now be served from 11 12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday starting Monday, June 12.

Last summer, Lee County administered the program for 33 days in total.

Instead, schools that adopt CEP are reimbursed based on the number of families participating in government assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

"It's not required, but we recommend it", Woods said.

"It is a good idea to call the site ahead of time, so the site knows to have enough", Woods said.

"Children within our own community rely on free and low-priced lunch plans during the school year, and they're at risk of going hungry when school's not in session", Rich West, CEO of YMCA of Northern Utah, said in a statement.

  • Zachary Reyes