All Reynoldsburg school children age 18 and younger are invited to show up and have free meals at Reynoldsburg High School's Livingston Avenue campus for the Summer Meals Program.

All Reynoldsburg school children age 18 and younger are invited to show up and have free meals at Reynoldsburg High School's Livingston Avenue campus for the Summer Meals Program.

No enrollment is necessary, Food Service Director Wendy Novotni said.

The lunch program runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays until July 29; participants should use the east entrance of of the high school at 6699 E. Livingston Ave.

"We are feeding about 250 to 275 kids each day," Novotni said. "We used to deliver meals to separate sites, but now the program is all at the Livingston high school campus.

"We have some volunteers playing games with the kids at lunch, too, along with some special activities, such as bringing in Smoothie King and Grandma's Pizza one time a month," she said.

She said the district receives federal funds for the summer meals program, which the district has conducted for at least the past nine or 10 years.

Superintendent Tina Thomas-Manning said many Reynoldsburg families rely on district assistance to feed children throughout the school year.

"This need not change when school is out of session," she said. "The summer program allows us to serve free breakfast and lunch to any student in our community.

"It also allows us to feed our students who are participating in summer school and summer camps, which makes attending these activities convenient for our students and families."

Novotni said families in need may also apply for a weekend meals program.

"The weekend meals was something I had to apply for and it was part of a pilot program initially," she said. "I'm very thankful that the Ohio Association of Food Banks is still helping us fund the program."

Each family accepted into the program receives a bag on Friday that includes two shelf-stable breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners.

"The applications are available during lunch times at Livingston," she said.

Families likely would be eligible if they are receiving cash or assistance from the state's Job and Family Services or are within 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

To see the application, visit the district website, reyn.org.

"The application does not ask for income -- it is not that detailed," Novotni said.

She said any child enrolled in Reynoldsburg schools is able to apply for and receive the weekly bags of food. Staff members have prepared about 100 weekend bags each Friday for families so far.

"I have some of the same staff working with me each summer and they have gotten to know the families and built some nice relationships," Novotni said. "We are happy to be able to help the families and provide some fun activities and a good lunch for the kids each weekday."

For more information about the program, call Novotni at 614-501-1213 or email her at wnovotni@reyn.org.