Child Nutrition Dept. Adds to Summer Meals Program
Child Nutrition Department Adds Food Trailer to Summer Meals Program
Posted on 06/04/2018
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Child Nutrition Department Adds Food Trailer to Summer Meals Program

Goal to Increase Access and Make “School Food Cool”

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.– The Fayetteville Public Schools Child Nutrition Department has added a second mobile service site for its Summer Meals Program at the Fayetteville Public Library, according to Ally Mrachek, Director of the Child Nutrition.

Last year, Fayetteville Public Schools (FPS) Child Nutrition Department piloted offering free summer meals and snacks via mobile service, in addition to the traditional meal program at a local school site. The mobile site at the Yvonne Richardson Community Center in South Fayetteville was a huge success.  More children in Fayetteville received free meals and snacks than in years past. The addition of the food trailer at the Fayetteville Public Library will allow the program to offer free meals in a new area in Fayetteville.

The main site for lunches and snacks this summer will be at The Owl Creek School at 375 N. Rupple Road on Monday through Friday from June 4 through August 8. Lunch will be served from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Snacks will be served from 1 to 3 p.m. The program will be closed on the July 4.

Mobile service will be provided at the Fayetteville Public Library and at the Yvonne Richardson Community Center at 240 E. Rock St. on Monday through Friday from June 4 through August 8. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946. The Seamless Summer Option (SSO) offers school food authorities (SFAs) operating the NSLP or SBP a streamlined option for providing summer meals by continuing to follow several of the same operational requirements, such as the NSLP/SBP meal patterns and procedures for filing claims and determining student eligibility.