Zion School to host free summer mealsZion Lutheran School in Alexandria will host free breakfasts and lunches for children up to age 18 this summer.
Zion Lutheran School in Alexandria will host free breakfasts and lunches for children up to age 18 this summer.
During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. What happens when school lets out?
Lack of nutrition during the summer months may set up a cycle for poor performance once school begins again. Hunger also may make children more prone to illness and other health issues. The Summer Food Service Program is designed to fill that nutrition gap and make sure all children can get the nutritious meals they need. All children and parents regardless of income level are welcome.
Zion has been the host site for the past 12 years. The 2011 program will run from June 13 to August 26, Monday through Friday. It will be closed on July 4.
Breakfast is served from 8 to 9 a.m. Lunches are served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monthly menus are available at the school. Adults may eat at a cost of $3.50.
Thanks to Tastefully Simple and the United Way, the program will offer free bus service for children this year from Lincoln Elementary School, Berea Lutheran Brethren Church and United Methodist Church in Alexandria. Parents may register their children by completing a permission slip at Zion Lutheran School, 300 Lake Street.
For more information, call (320) 763-4842.