Eat it upPublished 12:10pm Thursday, May 23, 2013
Tallapoosa County Schools program to provide free summer meals for children
Having a lot on your plate can be a good thing when it comes to free lunch, which will be available this summer for children ages 18 and younger.
“Many of our children get breakfast and lunch from us during the school year,” said Nina Hollingsworth, director of the Child Nutrition Program for Tallapoosa County schools. “We’re serving breakfast and lunch just like they’ve been eating all school year long so they won’t have to worry about meals.”
Hot meals will be available Monday through Friday, June 3–28, at Dadeville Elementary School and Reeltown Elementary School. Breakfast will be served from 7:15–8 a.m. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
“It seems to be a need that’s being met,” Hollingsworth said. “We have about 300-400 children that we feed.”
Meals are free for children, and adults can purchase breakfast plates for $3 and lunch plates for $4.
Children must eat their meals in the school cafeterias – they may not take to-go plates. Meals will meet USDA nutrition guidelines, Hollingsworth said, including items like fruit, milk, meat, starch and vegetables.
Hollingsworth said any and all children are welcome, whether or not the attend DES or Reeltown Elementary.
“I send fliers home with most of the elementary children,” Hollingsworth said. “I notify all the principals and central office people – anyone who might have a reference to children.
“Sometimes it’s a little hard work, but it’s meeting a need.”
For more information on the summer feeding program, call Hollingsworth at 256-825-1001.
Free lunches will also be served to children at Stephens Elementary School in Alexander City June 3 through Aug. 9, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Plate cost for adults is $2.50.