Keeping Kids Fed

By Jim Madalinsky

Published 06/23 2014 04:38PM

Updated 06/23 2014 06:20PM

ALTOONA - Altoona Area School District has been running their summer food program for a few years thanks to federal funding, and they say once again this year the need in the area is up.
There are a few things better than a warm, healthy breakfast to start the day.
For 3rd grader Sherman Crust, it's not something he gets everyday.
"Sometimes maybe toast and cereal," Sherman says.
Throughout the summer Crust, and any kid 18 and under will be able to get two healthy free meals a day thanks to Altoona Area School District’s summer food program.
Those meals follow some strict guidelines too.
"Grains for breakfast and your five items you have to have for lunch. Fruit, veggies, meat, milk and grains,” Don Redshaw, GM Cafeteria Services says.
The program reaches hundreds of kids throughout the district....
From now until August 1st, they estimate they'll serve close to 40,000 meals to kids in need.
“"Parents are so thankful that we do this because it helps give their children a hot healthy lunch and breakfast every day," Redshaw says.
And while the program does all it can to help fill the need, it continues to grow and Redshaw says it's tough to wrap the program up at the end of summer.
"When we do close the program August 1st, we do hear that it's a struggle sometimes so it's a big help for the community."
Here are the locations for the program: Evergreen Manor, Irving Elementary, Juniata Elementary, Logan Elementary, Penn Lincoln Elementary, Washington-Jefferson Elementary and Wright Elementary.

Breakfast will be served Monday through Friday from 8:30-9:45 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

All meals follow USDA school lunch guidelines to insure that they contain protein, fruit, vegetables, bread and milk. As this is a federal program, funding is dependent on student participation.

Parents will again be permitted to purchase meals when they accompany their children to the food service program sites. Breakfasts are $1.75 and lunches are $2.75.

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