05-25-12: Free summer lunch program continues through August 10
05-25-12: Free summer lunch program continues through August 10

The Puyallup School District summer feeding program provides free cold lunches from July 9 through August 10 to anyone 18 years old or younger.

Nutritious brown bag lunches will be made available at designated times each weekday in covered play shed areas at the following six elementary schools: Firgrove, Karshner, Spinning, Stewart, Sunrise, and Wildwood (food delivery times are listed at the end of this article).

There will be a different meal for each of the five weekdays, featuring items such as a sandwich, fresh fruit and vegetable, snack, and carton of milk. The menu will be repeated each week thereafter for all six weeks. Menus will be posted on this school district website.

The six schools qualified for the summer feeding program because they had 50 percent or more of their students who qualified for free or reduced-price lunches during the 2011-12 school year, said Judy Jackson, director of nutritional services and logistics support.

The brown bag lunches will be prepared at the district’s central kitchen, kept in a refrigerated unit on a Logistics Support Center delivery truck, and transported to the six feeding sites.

A Food and Nutrition Services employee will accompany the driver and hand out the lunches. Lunches are available to anyone 18 years old and younger, regardless of where they live. No identification is required, Jackson said.

Children participating in the program are asked to eat the lunches on site, either under the covered play area or picnic-style on adjoining grass areas, Jackson said.

The district agreed to host the summer food program for children due to the increase in recent years of students eligible for free and reduced-price lunches.

“We are keeping this as basic as possible to reach the most kids we can in the highest need areas,” Jackson said.

The United States Department of Agriculture provides the majority of the funding for the summer feeding program.

To locate other summer feeding programs in the area, including those offered by churches, parks, and community centers, call the Family Food Hotline at 1-888-436-6392 or visit www.parenthelp123.org/resources/summer-meals-program.

Summer camps, church groups, or other community groups interested in bringing groups of children to the school district’s summer feeding sites or arranging to pick up lunches for their program should contact Robin Osborn, logistics and secondary nutrition programs supervisor,
at (253) 841-8773.

Lunches will be distributed weekdays at the following times and locations:

11:30-11:40 a.m.
Firgrove Elementary

13918 Meridian S., Puyallup

Spinning Elementary
1306 E. Pioneer Ave., Puyallup

11:55 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.
Stewart Elementary

426 4th Ave. N.E., Puyallup

12:00-12:10 p.m.
Sunrise Elementary

2323 39th Ave. S.E., Puyallup

12:25-12:35 p.m.
Karshner Elementary

1328 8th Ave. N.W., Puyallup
Wildwood Elementary
1601 26th Ave. S.E., Puyallup

In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. If you believe you have been treated unfairly, you may file a complaint of discrimination by writing USDA Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave. S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (voice). Individuals who are hearing-impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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