MURRAY — The Calloway County School District’s Summer Food Service Program is underway and providing meals to kids who need them while school is out of session during summer months.
Pat Lane, director of nutrition services for the district, said there will be three open sites for any child under the age of 18 to get a good meal if they need it over the summer months. Lane said those meals are for any child, not just those attending the Calloway County school district, or living in the county.
“The summer food program is part of our overall program and it allows us the opportunity to feed our students when regular school is out,” Lane said. “Not only can they get a hot breakfast or a lunch, and then I have one site doing a supper meal, but they have educational opportunities and social activities. So it is great enrichment for all of our students.”
Lane said there are seven sites altogether, but three of those sites are open to the public, while the others require enrollment for security reasons. Lane said that open sites are at Calloway County Middle School, the Calloway County Public Library, and beginning next week, First Baptist Church will be hosting a dinner site as a part of its Vacation Bible School activities.
“Here at Calloway County Middle School on the main campus on College Farm Road, I have an open site for breakfast and for lunch,” Lane said. “I have an open site that is at CCPL on Wednesdays and it works along with the Murray and Calloway County Reading Program that keeps students engaged in reading over the summer. We provide a meal from 11 to 11:30 a.m. I think we served 44 students last week; it was very exciting.”
Lane said that breakfast and lunch are served from 7:30-8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. She said the program will be available and open all summer long with the exception of the week of July 4.
Lane also said a dinner program would be starting next week and would run June 16-19.
“Starting next week, I am going to have an open site at First Baptist Church and it will be a supper program,” she said. “The food service program will provide the meals and the church will be providing the activities.”
Lane said anyone under the age of 18 is welcome to get a meal in the summer months, regardless of what school they attend or where they live.
“This is open to all families; you do not have to be a resident of Murray or Calloway County. If you are visiting grandparents or something (like that), come join us,” Lane said. “Just come through the front door of the middle school and come right into the kitchen. We are excited to have you there.”
Lane said other churches have been in touch with her about the prospect of hosting more dinner sites in the future.
“I have had some other churches contact me about starting it, but I have not heard back from them,” she said. “But I am excited to help anyone who is interested. They can contact me at the board office at 270-762-7400.”