FORT SMITH (KFSM) - It's a concern every summer to make sure kids are able to eat a nutritious meal even when they're not in school. Most kids rely on those school lunches and breakfasts, five days a week. Thankfully, there are summer food programs they can also rely on.
A total of 11 schools in the Fort Smith Public School District are offering free summer meals to more than one thousand kids that are in need of something of eat.
Since their parents are busy at work or simply can't afford to feed their kids three meals a day, the school district is wanting to lend a helping hand. Fort Smith Schools will be offering free breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Workers are cooking up delicious and healthy meals for the kids. They want to make sure they have plenty of healthy food in their tummies during the summer break.
Children may participate in the free meals program at these schools:
- Ballman Elementary School
- Barling Elementary School
- Carnall Elementary School
- Howard Elementary School
- Pike Elementary School
- Sunnymede Elementary School
- Fairview Elementary School
- Morrison Elementary School (begins July 5)
- Spradling Elementary School
- Tilles Elementary School
- Trusty Elementary School
This program means a lot to school officials as they never want their students to go hungry. "It's $6 a day that you don't have to spend on a meal for your child," said Program Coordinator Phillip Garcia. He adds, "During the summer months that money is a lot of savings for the family."
Breakfast is served from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. then lunch is dished up at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Parents or guardians can also join their kids, but it will cost $3.50 at the door.
The summer meal program will wrap up on August 5th.