With school being out for summer many parents are wondering what they are going to do to keep their kids busy this summer. But then there are those with a bigger worry, what are their kids going to eat all summer? The Shelby Schools Summer Food Program is the answer!
Casey Clark and Inga Odden have given up a majority of their summer vacation from the school cafeteria to be, that’s right, still in the school cafeteria, whipping up nutritious meals for any child under the age of 18 during the months of June and July. That’s right, ANY child under the age of 18-years-old is welcome to come and eat.
“There are no income guidelines. I feel like it is extremely important for our community because we have children that are in need and parents that are working during summer,” said Clark. “Kids can come and eat without worry. Parents can be assured that their children are going to get a nutritious meal with no worries while they are at work.”
If parents would like to join their kids for a fantastic lunch or breakfast they are more than welcome. The cost for any adult to eat is $4, unbeatable for the amount of food and the quality! Breakfast and lunch are available Monday through Thursday until the end of July. The program will not be available the last week in June or during the week of the Marias Fair in July.
Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. and continues until 9 a.m. Lunch is ready to be served by 11:30 a.m. and is available until 1 p.m. The menu includes a wide variety of nutritious entrees and features plenty of fruits and veggies. Chicken Alfredo to tacos, pancakes on a stick to hearty breakfast sandwiches and everything in between can be found on the menu.
This program is provided through Federal funding, which means if no one uses it, the school loses it. So long as kids are showing up to eat the funding will remain in place, helping provide a great service for the community. The other factor in this program, the dedicated staff willing to be in the cafeteria as the sun rises. Clark admits that it is a lot of work, but well worth the effort.
“I enjoy seeing the kids and knowing that I can help out in what ever capacity I have to offer,” concluded Clark. “It’s a lot of work, but it is a great service to our community.”
Breakfast and lunch will be available June 18-22 and closed June 25-28. The ladies will be back to work July 2 and 3, but closed July 4 and 5. July 9-12 breakfast and lunch will be available. Marias Fair will take place during the week of July 16-19 and the cafeteria will be closed. July 23-26, July 30 and 31 meals will be available. The program will wrap up Aug. 1 and 2, with the final day being Aug. 2. A full menu can be found in the Shelby Promoter.
During the summer months the grocery bill tends to skyrocket. This program not only helps keep the grocery budget in check, but ensures children in the area have healthy and delicious meal choices provided in a safe environment. Use it so we don’t lose it!