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Free Summer Meals Program for Children and Youth Ages 0 to 17

Caldwell County Schools will provide free meals for children ages 0 to 17 at seven locations throughout the county from June 3, 2024, through August 23, 2024. While students enjoy their summer break, the school district ensures they receive a healthy, nutritious lunch.

“A primary benefit of the Summer Feeding Program is that parents are not required to fill out any paperwork or meet qualifications regarding household income,” said Child Nutrition Director Jessica Price. “Meals are free all summer long and are served to all children at designated site locations.”

Meals are offered through the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The school district will serve meals to children and youth ages 17 years and younger at no cost at the following locations: Sawmills Municipal Park, Redwood Park, Yokefellow, Mulberry Recreation Center, Katz Corner Apartments, Poplar Street Apartments, and Martin Luther King Jr. Center. Lunch is served between 11:15 am and 12:45 pm, but times differ slightly at each location. Parents are encouraged to check specific times of operation at their preferred site (see flier below).

The summer program is similar to the School Lunch Program, but parents are not required to complete a qualifying application before receiving services. All students are eligible. The USDA works closely with states to ensure children get the nutrition they need when schools are closed.