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Summer meal program begins June 1

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free summer lunch program

The Long Beach School District Child Nutrition Program, through the United States Department of Agriculture, will provide a Summer Feeding Program at Quarles Elementary School. The program is available to all students and children ages eighteen years old and younger.

Good nutrition is essential for learning in school, and continuing healthy eating habits is also important during the long hot summer months. Eating nutritious foods helps ensure students retain their hard-learned knowledge and helps them to keep right on learning throughout the summer.

For many children, summer vacation can bring the temptation of eating empty calorie snacks and foods that are high in sugar, fats and sodium. And, for many others, summer exposes students to an increased risk of hunger and developmental decline. Families are encouraged to make seasonal fruits and vegetables a high priority for snacks, meals and any time.

The meal program will offer a lunch to all children, no matter the district in which they attend school, each weekday from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. All meals must be eaten in the Quarles Elementary School cafeteria, and masks are not required. Adult meals will be available for purchase for $3.75.

The program begins on Wednesday, June 1, and continues through Friday, July 29, with no meals served on July 4.

“We hope the community will take advantage of this service, which offers free nutritious meals for the summer,” said Long Beach School District Director of School Nutrition Deedee Hurt.

Quarles Elementary is located at 111 Quarles Street.

For more information, call 228-864-1337. Long Beach School District is an equal opportunity provider.

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