As schools wind down, Summer Food Service gearing up

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) As students and staff are looking forward to summer vacation, at least one department of the Anchorage School District will still be going strong through the summer, and that’s the Student Nutrition Department.

ASD will offer free lunches and breakfasts, to children throughout the summer as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program. The program offers free lunches at seven locations in Anchorage on weekdays through the summer. Three of the locations will also provide breakfast.

The district says all children 18 and under will be served on a first-come, first-served basis, but all meals must be eaten at the location. None of the locations will serve meals on July 4.

It’s not the only meal program for Anchorage children. The Children’s Lunchbox, which is run by Bean’s Café, also will serve students in need. The organization estimates that 21,000 children in the Anchorage area don’t have enough healthy food to eat.

Locations and times for the ASD Summer Food Service meals are:

Bartlett High School:
Monday-Friday May 30-June 23
Breakfast 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Lunch 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Begich Middle School:
Monday-Thursday July 31 – August 4
Breakfast 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Lunch 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

East High School:
Monday-Friday May 30 – June we, June 26-30, July 10-August 4
Breakfast 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Lunch 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Wendler Middle School:
Monday – Thursday June 5-22, July 10-27
Lunch Noon – 1 p.m.

Cuddy Park:
Monday – Friday May 30-July 28
Lunch Noon – 2:00 p.m.

Mt. View Park:
Monday- Friday May 30-July 28
Lunch 12:45 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Russian Jack Springs North (Polar Bear Park):
Monday – Friday May 30- July 28
Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Locations and times for The Children’s Lunchbox’s Summer Food Program:

Fairview Rec Center:
June 5 – August 4
Lunch Noon

Spenard Rec Center:
June 5 – August 18
Lunch Noon

Trailside Heights:
May 30 – August 3
Lunch 11:30 a.m.

Parachutes Teen Center:
May 25- September 1
Snack 2:30 p.m.
Supper 6:00 p.m.