Adams 12 serving free meals to students this summer

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Although school is out, food services continue in the Adams 12 Five Star School District.

The district started its summer breakfast and lunch program on May 28 offering both meals for free to all children in the community. The federally funded program runs through Aug. 9 and is open to any child ages one to 18.

Chris Sjolin, nutrition supervisor and summer program coordinator, said it doesn’t matter what a child’s family’s financial situation is — the only requirement is that children must eat the meal at one of the program’s locations.

“We also offer lunch to adults for $3. That way families can eat together,” she said. “Or the parent or guardian can bring their own lunch and eat that while the child eats the free lunch.”

The program is being offered at six schools: Centennial Elementary, Coronado Hills Elementary, Leroy Drive Elementary, STEM Launch, The Studio School and Federal Heights Elementary.

Breakfast will be served from 8-8:30 a.m. at all schools.

Lunch will be served from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Centennial and Leroy Drive, and from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the other schools. Sjolin said the meals will be similar to the meals served during the school year.

“We will offer one hot meal option each day for lunch and breakfast as well as a turkey hoagie option on one of the days for lunch,” she said.

“This way the children are getting the nutrition they need in the summer months when school is not in session.”

Last year approximately 11,000 breakfasts were served and approximately 26,000 lunches were served. Sjolin said this year she hopes to draw more middle and high school students to the program, especially when two-a-day practices for sports begin.

“It would be wonderful to capture the older students because we don’t get enough of them,” she said. “For those athletes who have practice during the day, the program is great for them to catch a healthy lunch for free.”

For more information on the Adams 12 summer food program contact Nutrition Services at 720-972-6061.