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Breakfasts and lunches to be provided at schools free of charge throughout summer

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Crook County School District to resume summer meals program.

School is out for the summer, and with it, the big question: What's for lunch?

The Crook County School District can help answer that dreaded question.

"With summer right around the corner, it's time to think about keeping children healthy while school is out," said CCSD Nutrition Services Supervisor Dana Rudy.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations like CCSD to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer as part of the Summer Food Service Program.

"It allows us to serve free meals to children in our community because we have a free and reduced rate of over 50 percent in our school district," Rudy said. "We have a high number of food insecure families in our area. This program helps to make sure that kids still have access to at least one good meal while school is out."

A federally funded, state-administered program, the Summer Food Service Program reimburses providers who serve free healthy meals to children and teens in low-income areas.

Beginning Monday, free summer meals will be served to all children between the ages of 1 and 18 on a first-come-first-serve basis. No income verification or application is necessary.

Nutrition Service staff members will serve lunch Monday through Friday June 18 through Aug. 24 from noon to 12:30 p.m. at the Barnes Butte Elementary cafeteria; from 11:40 a.m. to noon at Harwood Park; and from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Ochoco Creek Park Creation Station.

Lunch will also be available in the commons area at Crook County High School from noon to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 18 through Aug. 3.

They will serve lunch at the Crooked River Elementary School cafeteria from noon to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, July 10 through Aug. 23 during Kiwanis Summer School.

In addition to lunch, breakfast will be available from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Barnes Butte Elementary cafeteria weekdays June 18 through Aug. 24 and from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Crooked River Elementary during Kiwanis Summer School.

All sites will be closed July 2-6.

Rudy said some of what they serve is USDA food while some is purchased from the district's distributors, and they buy local fruits and vegetables whenever possible.

Hot lunches will be available at BBE and CRE, including burgers, chicken strips, pizza and chicken sandwiches. Cold peanut butter and jelly and turkey or ham sandwiches will be served at all other sites. Sides will be assorted fresh fruits and veggies, and milk will also be served at all sites.

Breakfast includes fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, muffins, breakfast pastries, cheese sticks and milk.

A menu is available on the Nutrition Services website.

"Volunteers to help serve or to provide some sort of program at the sites are always greatly appreciated," Rudy said.

Nutrition Services plans to distribute anywhere from 20 to 130 lunches at the various sites.

"It varies greatly, and we always welcome more participants," Rudy said.

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For more information about the Summer Food Service Program, contact Crook County School District Nutrition Services at 541-416-4143 or visit http://crookcounty.k12.or.us/departments/nutrition-and-food-services/.

For more information about the national Summer Food Service Program, visit www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/summer.

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