Tuesday, June 06, 2000

Kids get free meals

Program at 10 facilities

By Andrea Tortora
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COLD SPRING — There is such a thing as a free lunch, if you are under 18 years old.

        The free summer lunch — and breakfast — program is under way at 10 Northern Kentucky school and community facilities this week.

        The program offers free meals in school districts where 50 percent or more of students qualify for the federal free and reduced lunch program.

        Anyone under 18, regardless of where they live, can stop by for a meal. The goal is to make sure children get at least one full meal a day.

        This is the first year Campbell County Schools are participating, said Victor Steffen, food service coordi nator.

        And what's on the menu?

        “Basically it's the same menu as during the school year, although we might not do as much baking,” Mr. Steffen said.

        Campbell County's lunch program is offered at the Cold Spring Educational Facility, 10 E. Alexandria Pike, which houses day-treatment and child-care programs.

        More than 50 children and teens ate lunch last week at Cold Spring, the first week the program was offered. Meals will be served Mondays through Fridays, until Aug. 18, when the regular school year begins.

        There are 104 school districts in the state that participate in the free summer meal program, said Jaci Williams, a nutritionist with the state Education Department.

        • In Bellevue at Grandview Elementary. Breakfast is 7:30 to 8 a.m.; lunch is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meal service starts Monday.

        • In Cold Spring at the Cold Spring Educational Facility. Lunch is 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Meal service is under way.

        • In Dayton at Dayton High School. Breakfast is 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; lunch is 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Meal service starts Monday. • In Covington at Glenn O. Swing, John G. Carlisle, Latonia and Ninth District elementary schools and the Northern Kentucky Community Center. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Call each school for times.

        • In Newport at Newport Middle School and A.D. Owens Elementary. Breakfast is 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; lunch is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meal service is under way.


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