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Free Meals Available to Kansas Kids Through Summer


UNDATED (KNS) — Children across Kansas can get free meals over the summer through an annual program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Last summer, the program served 2.2 million meals at more than 500 schools, churches and other locations across the state.

Cheryl Johnson is director of child nutrition for the Kansas Department of Education. She says the summer program helps children stay healthy when free school meals aren’t available. “Children who receive great nutrition, nutritious meals and snacks, they’re fueled and ready to learn,” she said. “It truly makes a difference.”

Meals are available for anyone 18 or younger. Some sites in rural areas offer grab-and-go meals or weekly meal packs that include breakfast and lunch.

USD 308 Summer Meal Sites

The Hutchinson USD 308 Summer Meal Program will run from June 5, 2023, through July 28, 2023. There will be no meals served on July 3, 2023, and July 4, 2023.

The Summer Meal Program will begin on June 5, 2023, at Hutchinson Middle School – 7, Fairgrounds Splash Park, and the Hutchinson Public Library.

All sites are Grab & Go only.

The meal site schedules are as follows:

· Hutchinson Middle School – 7: M-F 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

· Fairgrounds Splash Park: M-F 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

· Hutchinson Public Library: M-F 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Meals are free for all children ages 18 and younger. All sites will offer meals to-go only. Children must be present to receive meals, or adults can pick up meals by showing a pass. Meal passes will be distributed at each of the meal locations, and children will need to be present to receive a pass.

For additional questions about the Summer Meal Program, please contact [email protected].