REXBURG - Local children will once again be able to get a daily free lunch this summer. Next week the Madison and Sugar-Salem School Districts will be launching their 2010 Summer Food Service Programs.
The aim of the annual nutritional programs is to ensure that children from low-income homes are fed during the months when school is not in session. The Summer Food Service Program offers free meals to children age one through 18 during the summer months.
The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and has been a success in the upper valley for over a decade.
Children are given an entree, milk, a fruit and vegetable, and a desert item.
On average, the Madison program feeds more than 500 children each day.
This year lunches will be provided in the Madison School District at Porter Park, Smith Park, Burton Elementary School and Madison Middle School in Rexburg.
Meals in Porter Park and Smith Park will be served from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. on June 9 through Aug. 6. Meals at Burton Elementary and Madison Middle School will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 9 through July 2.
The Sugar-Salem School District will provide breakfast and lunch for children at Central Elementary School. Breakfast will be served Monday through Thursday between 8 and 9 a.m. Lunch will be served Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both begin on June 8 and run through July 1.
Madison School District officials say that the program is popular among local families and married college students with families.
The district also says that everyone is welcome to attend, however there are several rules, including that all lunches must be eaten at the site and not taken to cars, and all meals must be eaten by children. Parents and adults that wish to eat must pay $2.75.
In the past, the Madison Summer Food Service Program has run concurrently with the Madison Library Literacy Program.
However, due to the library remodel, it is unclear whether the library will be participating this year.