Free Summer Lunches Offered to Children

by Terry Rogers

In Delaware, over 34,000 children suffer from hunger. During the school year, these children are able to eat breakfast and lunch for free in Milford School District as well as other districts. However, during the summer months, many of them go hungry on a daily basis as their parents are unable to provide them with adequate food. In an effort to address this problem, Milford School District and other agencies are offering free lunch programs.

“Milford School District will open a summer feeding site at Milford Central Academy from June 24 through August 8 for children 18 and under on a first-come, first-served basis,” Sharon Forrest, Child Nutrition Supervisor for Milford School District said. “Adults are welcome for a nominal fee.” Breakfast will be served at the site from 8:30 to 9 AM and lunch from 12 to 12:30 PM. It will be closed each Friday and on July 4th.”

This is the first year that Milford has offered a program like this and they are hoping to reach as many children as possible.

“We are providing mostly hot foods to entice the community to come,” Forrest explained. “We will have cold sandwiches as well. If we get a good turnout, we will look into expanding the program in the future to reach even more children. Children in often go without nutritious meals in the summer and this will help them stay nourished and prepared for learning and physical activity.”

In addition to free breakfast and lunch, a local church is partnering with the district to provide activities for the children a few days per week, Forrest explained. The hope is that children will eat a nutritious meal, enjoy a fun activity and interact with others who are there for the same thing.

Students who live in Lake Forest School District will also have the option of free lunch from June 17 through June 18. The Greater Harrington Development Corporation in partnership with the school district, will offer lunches at The Hope House at 27 Clark Street in Harrington. The program is open from 11:30 AM until 1:30 PM with lunch served between 12 and 12:30 PM.

There are no income requirements for the Harrington program but individuals must arrive by 12:30 PM for free lunch. Children must be under the age of 18 and those under 5 must be with someone over the age of 12. All food must be eaten on the premises. Volunteers are needed for the program as well. Registration is welcome but is not required and walk-in service is based on availability.

For more information on volunteering for the Lake Forest program contact admin@greaterharrington.org, call 302-566-6780 or visit www.greaterharrington.org. For more information about the Milford program contact 302-422-1637.

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