Summer Food Service Program begins in Richmond

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – 16 city schools are opening up their cafeterias this summer to make sure your child gets a good meal. It's called the Summer Food Service Program. City schools are trying to make sure kids who depend on a free lunch during the school year still have that option.

"It's free, no charge. No paperwork no anything. They don't have to do anything but just come," said Richmond City School Nutritionist Susan Roberson.

The Summer Food Service Program is in its 10th year in Richmond, but not everyone is aware of the deal. Anyone from the community can bring their child for breakfast and lunch. You don't have to attend the school to stop by.

70% of students in Richmond qualify for a free or reduced lunch during the school year; in some schools, that figure is as high as 90%.

Roberson says this program helps children in need- year round.

"They rely on what they get at school because parents are working and circumstances in the home don't always allow them to get breakfast and lunch. So we're just happy that we're here for them," she said.

The meals always include milk, a juice and a fresh fruit or vegetable. Roberson wants to make sure area kids keep up a healthy diet, even during their time off.

"To think about the summer months when they are not getting it, it's only going to delay them when they come back to school if they're not getting the nutrition that they need," Roberson said.

The free breakfast and lunch program runs now through July 28th. In the elementary schools, breakfast starts at 8:45, and lunch goes from 11 until 12:30. There's a separate schedule for middle and high school meals.

For all the schools, times, and locations, look for this list from Richmond Public Schools.

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