Lunch is served — for free in Tonganoxie
Youths can enjoy free meals this summer — and adults can join them.
The Tonganoxie Summer Lunch Crew program, which Tonganoxie USD 464 is offering and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is funding, is providing free lunch on weekdays to youths ages 1-18.
According to Barb Smith, the district’s student nutrition coordinator, any youths, regardless of whether they are students in the district, can visit the middle school for a free meal.
“So if there are families and grandparents that have grandchildren in from out of town, they are welcome to eat a free lunch,” Smith said.
All youths can eat for free, while adults can join them for $3.40 per meal.
Food cannot be taken out of the school, Smith said.
The meals are being offered 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Tonganoxie Middle School, 824 Washington St.
The program started Monday and is being offered through July 24. A meal will not be offered July 3.
Menu offerings will include stuffed crust pizza, cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, cheese quesadilla and there is an assortment of sides such as salad and fruit along with milk.
There are a few guidelines for the meals. Adults are welcome to purchase a lunch for $3.40, however adults are prohibited from eating from their child’s tray and, as previously mentioned, food cannot be carried out of the dining room area. Additionally, there will only be one meal with predetermined side choices offered each day, so parents will need to be responsible for monitoring any food allergies their child may have themselves.
The summer lunch menu is posted on the district website at tong464.org.
Anyone with questions about the program can contact Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smith said at Monday’s school board meeting that the food department is planning for about 100 visitors each day. For the first day, there were about 67 who participated, including nine paying adults.
The food nutrition coordinator said she has been working to get the word out about the program.
She said the first meal Monday was “very orderly, quiet and enjoyable” and that she’s received good feedback about the program.
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