Worthington News

Slate Hill Elementary School

Free lunches, breakfasts offered in summer


Free breakfasts and lunches again will be served at Slate Hill Elementary School over summer break.

Lunch -- and breakfast during some weeks -- will be provided free to all students enrolled in summer school or summer intervention and to the first 25 children who arrive at the school on a first-come, first-served basis.

Though the federally funded program is aimed at feeding needy children, no one will be asked to qualify for the program, according to food-services director Becky Dunn.

"We feed any student who comes in," she said. "We don't have to worry about eligibility."

This will be the second year for the program. Last year, more children could have been served. This year, educators have reached out to the neighborhood to spread the word about the free meals.

Slate Hill parents were notified electronically and through papers sent home, and posters are displayed at the nearby Salvation Army, Dunn said.

"We're getting the word out better this year," she said.

Two food-service workers will run the program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Volunteers from the Worthington Food Pantry will help in the cafeteria again.

Meals are provided only to children and must be eaten at the school.

Breakfast (9:45-10:15 a.m.) and lunch (noon-12:30 p.m.) will be served June 9-13, June 16-20, July 7-11 and July 14-18.

Lunch only (11:20-noon) will be served June 9-13, June 16-20, June 23-27, July 21-25 and July 28-Aug. 1.

Children who want to eat a nutritious breakfast or lunch be at the school at those times, Dunn said.