Worthington News

Slate Hill to offer free breakfasts, lunches in summer


At Worthington's Slate Hill Elementary School, more than half of the students receive free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch during the school year.

That is during the school year -- not over summer.

The Worthington school district is trying to fill that gap this summer by offering free breakfasts and lunches at Slate Hill.

The program began this week and will continue through Aug. 9. Meals will be served to students who are enrolled in summer school or summer intervention programs, which are held at Slate Hill. An additional 25 meals -- possibly more -- are available daily for children from the Worthington community.

On Tuesday, June 11, breakfast was served to 17 and lunch to 125.

District food supervisor Becky Dunn said she has budgeted for up to 200 meals, and she hopes she gets to serve that many children by the time the summer is over.

"I think it will grow," she said. "The word will get out."

The food-services department is reimbursed for each meal through the USDA School Meals Program.

Most meals are warm and nutritious, Dunn said. They include fresh fruits and vegetables, are limited in the amount of fat and sugar and include proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy products.

Meals cannot be taken from the site and are only for those ages 18 and younger.

The Healthy Worthington Resource Center and Food Panty provides volunteers who help serve the diners and help clean up.

Breakfast is served 10-10:30 a.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Lunch is served noon-12:45 p.m. for summer school students and 11:30-noon for summer intervention students. Walk-ins are welcomed during those times.

The site will be closed the week of July 4.