Free Hot Meals Back for Summer
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- Huntsville City Schools will once again offer a free summer feeding program this year. They start serving Monday.
Anyone ages 18 and under may receive breakfast, lunch and dinner at no cost. Adults, accompanied by a child, may also eat for a small charge. They will pay $2.50 for breakfast and $4 for lunch or dinner.
The program has been sponsored by the USDA since 1968. However, 2013 was the first year Huntsville participated. Nearly 100,000 meals were served. Child Nutrition Director Joey Vaughn hopes to surpass that number this summer. “It’s a win for the kids because they get a hot meal for those who need it. It’s a win for the parents because it saves them from having to buy the meals…and it’s a win for us because it gives our employees summer jobs,” Vaughn says.
Because the meals are paid for with federal funding, there is no cost to Huntsville City Schools. However, funding is determined by the number of children participating. So, the more children served this summer, the more the school system will be able to feed next year.
This year, the city of Huntsville is also providing free shuttle rides to students who need transportation to a feeding site. The free bus passes will be given out the final week of school. They’ll also be available at the 8 feeding sites. A list of those sites, as well as operating hours, may be found here.