Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Free Summer Lunches for all Kids

There are many school districts in the US that get government money to make free lunches during the summer. They distribute them through parks and schools. This is open to all children under 18. It usually starts in mid June and lasts until the end of August.

You don't have to sign up, qualify, or do anything. Your children can just show up, stand in line, and get a free lunch. Some districts serve sack lunches, and some serve hot lunches in Styrofoam containers.

Every school district that I have lived in (in 3 different states) has had this program. One year, we lived within walking distance from a lunch distribution place, so we walked there every day - ate and played in the park. Plus, I got to hang out with lots of other moms.

Here is some information about Free Summer Lunches in Oregon. and Free Summer Lunches in Maine, to give you more of an idea of how it all works. You could probably research it for your area on the Internet or maybe find out by calling your local school district.


Anonymous said...

Wow, I've never heard of this program before. We may have to check it out.

Day by Day said...

Thanks for sharing this. In our area, they also serve the kids breakfast, and require the meals be given to them, not "shared" with parents. So the parents need to plan ahead for themselves. It is a wonderful opportunity for feeding children during the summer, and meeting new moms in your neighborhood.