Roanoke County Public Schools has announced that its Summer Feeding Program will return to Vinton area schools on June 11.
In a press release, the school system said, “For many kids, summer vacation is a much-deserved reward for a year of hard work in the classroom. For some who rely on free and reduced-price school meals, however, the summer months can be difficult. When school is out, these kids no longer have access to school meals and their families’ budgets are often stretched to the breaking point. In fact, studies show that kids are at a higher risk for both obesity and hunger during the summer months. Many families also face the stress of providing safe, supervised and affordable places for kids and teens to socialize, play and continue to learn.”
Roanoke County Public Schools is offering four Summer Feeding sites. One is at Herman L. Horn Elementary from June 11 through July 19 on Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. No lunches will be served on July 4 and 5. Lunches will also be served at Burlington Elementary beginning on June 13 and at Oak Grove Elementary.
Lunches will be served from June 18 to July 18 at William Byrd High School from 12:15 to 12:45, with no lunches served July 4-6.
According to Roanoke County Schools, “The Summer Feeding program is a great way to enjoy a healthy, free lunch— a fun, safe place for kids and teens to be active and visit with friends.”
Meals will be served free to those ages 18 and under and will help families save money. No application or proof of income is required.
The healthy meals are based on USDA nutrition guidelines.