An LCPS program that provided more than 29,000 free breakfast and lunches to Lenoir County youngsters last summer and grew by nearly 70 percent is expanding again this summer.
In addition to sites at four school cafeterias, the Summer Food Service Program will this year include delivery of lunches to children in four public housing complexes in Kinston. Delivery to Carver Courts, Simon Bright, Mitchell Wooten and Jack Rountree complexes will begin June 20.
The first cafeteria site, at Kinston High School, opens June 13 for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. The opening of the other sites serving breakfast and lunch are staggered: Northeast Elementary on June 21, Rochelle Middle on June 28 and Pink Hill Elementary of July 5. Rochelle will be open Monday through Friday; Northeast and Pink Hill will be closed Friday. Contentnea-Savannah will open June 20 to serve only an afternoon snack Monday through Thursday.
Children eating at the cafeteria sites, with the exception of Rochelle, are involved in summer academic programs sponsored by the school district – Summer Exploratory Camp at Kinston High and Northeast, Read to Achieve at Northeast and Pink Hill and ESL Camp at Pink Hill. Rochelle’s cafeteria will provide meals to youngsters enrolled in summer day camp programs sponsored by Lenoir County Boys & Girls Club, Salvation Army and other agencies.
Summer Exploratory Camp, which is new this year, will add about 450 students to the meal schedule and Read to Achieve has expanded to reach first and second graders as well as third graders, the program’s original focus.
Delivery to public housing will run Monday through Friday and is expected to provide another 200 lunches at day, according to Pam Smith, the district’s child nutrition director.
“There were children we were not reaching at all because they don’t have a way to get to a school or to a camp,” she said. “We want to make sure we’re reaching children who may or may not have the opportunity to have a good lunch during the summertime.”
A site supervisor at each of the four public housing complexes will escort children to LCPS’s delivery truck at a designated time. Children will pick up their lunches and take them back to the complex’s community center to eat.
“The meals will meet federal guidelines,” Smith said. “The meals will be like what they get at school, as close as we can get.”
Other youth groups interested in participating in the Summer Food Service Program can get information by calling 252-527-1109.
Summer Food Service is a Federal School Nutrition Program and under USDA policy discrimination is prohibited under the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Lenoir County Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer.
Cafeteria sites and serving times for each are:
-- Northeast Elementary, 1002 E. High Ave., June 21-July 28, Monday-Thursday; breakfast, 7:30-8:30 a.m.; lunch, 10:30 -1:30
-- Kinston High, 2601 N. Queen St, June 13-August 12, Monday-Friday; breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m.; lunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
-- Pink Hill Elementary, 2668 HC Turner Road, Pink Hill; July 5-28 Monday-Thursday; breakfast, 7:45-8:45 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
-- Rochelle Middle, 301 N. Rochelle Blvd., June 28-August 12, Monday-Friday; breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m.; lunch, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
The lunch delivery schedule is: Carver Courts, 11:30-11:50 a.m.; Simon Bright, noon-12:20 p.m.; Mitchell Wooten, 12:30-12:50 p.m.; and Jack Rountree, 1-1:15 p.m.
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