Huntsville City Schools Begin Summer Meal Program Monday, June 3

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The Huntsville City School District will sponsor a Summer Feeding Program at 12 different schools beginning on June 3 and lasting through July 26.

Huntsville City Schools Child Nutrition Director Joey Vaughn points out,"A lot of these children, this is the only hot, nutritious meal they get is while they're at school."

This program is funded by the USDA, and while it's new to the district, it's an older federal initiative.  Vaughn explains, "The USDA has had a summer food service program since 1968.  I came to Huntsville from Jackson county. We've had it over there for the last 15 years."

The USDA pays the school for meals served, allowing the district to pay for the food, the staff, and the facilities.

Vaughn goes through the funding process, "We literally count heads.  Every child that comes through gets marked off, so we get reimbursed a certain dollar amount per child for breakfast, a certain dollar amount for lunch.  And then we charge the adults.  So that money coming in has to pay all our expenses."

There are no requirements to participate, other than age restrictions.  Adults may pay to eat when accompanied by a child.

Any child age 18 or under can eat free at one of the designated schools.  The USDA will reimburse Huntsville City Schools for all meals served to children 18 and under who meet Federal nutritional guidelines.

If you are over 18, meals cost $2.50 for breakfast and $4.00 for lunch and supper.  You must be accompanied by a child if you are over the age of 18.

The menus which will be used for the Summer Feeding Program are the same menus served during the school year.

The following 10 schools will offer a hot breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. as well as a hot lunch from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.:

M.L.K. Elementary
Morris Elementary
Highlands Elementary
Montview Elementary
University Place Elementary
McDonnell Elementary
Lakewood Elementary
Chapman Middle School
Butler High School
Johnson High School

The following two schools will offer a hot supper from 3:30 p.m. til 5:30 p.m.:

Davis Hills Middle School
Westlawn Middle School

For more information concerning the Summer Feeding Program, please visit Huntsville City School's website or contact Mr. Joey Vaughn at (256) 428-6957.

Huntsville City Schools want to make sure all families know about this program.  Please use the share links above to let your friends know about it via email and social media.

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