Summer food programs offer meals to children

June 18, 2013 12:05:12 AM PDT
The Central Library in Downtown Fresno joins the fight against summer hunger. The pilot program along with other free meal programs in the Central Valley kicked off on Monday.

School is out, but the staff at Buchanan High School's kitchen is hard at work preparing for the day's breakfast and lunch.

Monday marks the first day of Clovis Unified School District's Summer Seamless Program. That means free breakfast is available for all children up to 18 years old during the summer months.

On Monday over a thousand meals where handed out at the program's various locations.

"For parents having an additional breakfast maybe and lunch that they weren't used to in the school year can be quite costly," said Robert Schram, Director of Campus Catering for Clovis Unified.

Students can make their choices of grains, fruit, and different types of milk and juice. But in order to qualify for the reimbursable meal, students must have at least half a cup of fruit in their tray.

The Central Library is jumping on board with a program of its own. Dozens of kids showed up for the launch of their new free lunch program. Similar to Clovis Unified, they will provide children up to the age of 18 a free meal. The point of the program is to help the community's needy children and encourage them to read during their time off from school.

In addition to free food, activities for the kids are available like crafting and exploring all the library has to offer. The program runs Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.


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