FREE SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM EXPANDS AGAIN FOR 2019
TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2019
The Summer Lunch program will expand for a third consecutive year to include a third mobile service site for the summer of 2019 to serve more free and nutritious lunches to anyone age 18 or younger, according to Ally Mrachek, Director of Child Nutrition for Fayetteville Public Schools.
The main site for lunches and snacks will be at Holt Middle School at 2365 N. Rupple Road on Monday through Friday from June 3 through August 6. Lunch will be served from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program will be closed on July 4.
Mobile service will be provided for all children at three sites this year:
- Yvonne Richardson Community Center at 240 E. Rock St., served Monday through Friday from June 3 through August 6. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- Fayetteville Public Library at 401 W Mountain St, served Monday through Friday from June 3 through August 6. Lunch will be served from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- The newest site, The American Legion Post 27 parking lot at 1195 Curtis Ave., served Monday through Friday from June 3 through August 6. Lunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- All sites will be closed on July 4.
“I am excited to see our program expand for a third year in a row with the addition of a third mobile site,” said Superintendent Dr. John L Colbert. “The program served an average of 450 students per day in 2018, and we anticipate serving approximately 600 per day in the summer of 2019. This program has served our community well for many years, and we’re happy to be able to expand the program to reach more students with healthy, nutritious meals during the summer.”
“Building capacity to reach neighborhoods that have not been served by our program in the past is very exciting,” said Mrachek. ‘We will play upbeat music as we drive through the neighborhood surrounding the American Legion in the hope that we will attract more students to our fresh and colorful meals served from the Purple Dog food truck. Think music coming from the “Ice Cream Man’s” truck but with a Fayetteville twist. We want to make eating healthy foods fun, all year round. This will be the first year we serve mobile meals an area that does not have existing youth summer programming, so we are working hard to get the word out now and all summer. This is something new for us.”