By Chris McGuinness
Killeen Daily Herald
Area school districts will once again feed thousands of meals to children in Killeen and Copperas Cove through summer breakfast and lunch programs.
Both the Killeen and Copperas Cove Independent School districts will begin their programs this week, which will provide children with two meals each day at no cost.
"Unfortunately, some families have a hard time giving their kids three meals each day," said Steve Murphy, the Killeen district's director for school nutrition. "We can offer them two nutritious meals a day and we're very proud of that."
Killeen's Summer Feeding Program will offer the meals to all children aged 1 to 18 years, regardless of whether they attended school within the district, or what city they live in.
"If you have grandchildren visiting from somewhere else, you can bring them on by," said Murphy.
The meals are free for children who meet the age requirements. Adults can purchase a meal for themselves for $2.25 for breakfast and $3.50 for lunch.
This year, Killeen will offer hot lunches at 16 summer school sites, as well as bagged lunches at 16 other sites, said Murphy. Those sites include some of the district schools, as well as locations on Fort Hood.
The program is run by the school's nutrition staff, made up of about 140 employees.
This will be the district's ninth year running the program. Murphy expects to serve about 3,600 breakfasts and 6,000 lunches each day during the program's busiest period.
The Copperas Cove district's Summer Food Service Program, which runs though June 28, will serve children aged 1 to 18.
The program, run by the district's Child Nutrition Services staff, will operate out of the Fairview/Miss Jewel Elementary School and serve both breakfast and lunch at no cost to children. Adults will be charged $2 for breakfast and $3 for lunch.
This is the district's fifth year operating the program, and staff expect to serve approximately 75 to 100 breakfasts and 175 to 200 lunches per day, according to projections from the district.
Robert Jones, the district's director of child nutrition services, recommended that children arrive early enough to ensure they receive a meal.
"CCISD will do everything possible to feed every child that shows up to eat," Jones wrote in an email to the Herald. "We will continue to adjust our meal projections during the Summer Food Service Program to correct any shortages/overages that occur."
Both districts will offer the meals Monday through Thursday, and serve meals that adhere to state and national nutrition standards.
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SUMMER FOOD PROGRAMS
For more information about the Summer Feeding Service Program, call (254) 336-0775 or go to www.killeenisd.org.
For more information about the Summer Food Service Program, call (254) 547-1227 or go to www.ccisd.com.