GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT).- With schools closing for the summer, the 58 percent of Pitt County students that receive free and reduced lunch are going to be without their guaranteed daily meals. The Child Nutrition Department at Pitt County schools will provide children in the community with free lunch and breakfast during the summer months. Anyone 18 and under is eligible for the free meals regardless of where they reside. Leann Seelman, the director of child nutrition for Pitt County, says students can expect the same types of meals during the summer as they do during the school year.
“We also continue to meet that same robust food pattern so that the meals students eat in the summer time have all the same nutritive values as the meals that they eat during the regular school year”, Seelman said. “They may not see as wide a variety of choices, we might just have a pretty streamline menu, but we planned it to be favorites of students.”
The benefits of this program go far beyond the students. In addition to feeding students, Summer Meals offers employment opportunities for county workers that would otherwise be off.
Seelman said, “It’s a win win for our children in the community and for some of the employees of Pitt County schools.”
This particular program is funded by the US Department of Agriculture which also funds similar programs in neighboring counties. Summer meals is scheduled to begin on June 15 and run until August 7. Most sites will serve breakfast from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be served from 11:15 am to 12:30 p.m.
The following schools will host the Summer Meals Program:
H.B. Sugg Elementary
W.H. Robinson Elementary
Sadie Saulter School
South Greenville Elementary
Wellcome Middle School
Wintergreen Primary School
For more information on the Summer Meals Program visit the USDA website at http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program-sfsp.