Summer Feeding Program serving north Okaloosa children

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Takayah Johnson, 6, and her sisters, Taylin, 3, and Takyra, 9,enjoy a free lunch on Wednesday at Riverside Elementary School.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, June 17, 2013 at 12:08 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Schools are out for the summer, but many lunchrooms are open for Okaloosa County Schools’ Summer Feeding Program. The federally funded program bridges the gap between the school year and summer break by continuing to provide breakfast and lunch for children.

The program assures that youth participants under 18 years old receive a nutritious meal, organizers said. Meals include a sandwich wrap for lunch or a bowl of cereal or pastry for breakfast. Each meal includes a serving of fruit or vegetables along with milk or juice, per program guidelines.

Keep reading to see full program schedule.

"There are a lot of (children) that are not getting nourishment during the summer; a lot of them don't even get nourishment during the school year," said Richard Norris, the school district’s food services department specialist who oversees the program. Sodexo Inc. provides foods and services.

At least 50 percent of children in an area must qualify for free or reduced-price meals for locations to be approved. More children have used the program over the past several years, particularly after the recession, Norris said.

The program assures all children will be provided for, should a location run out of meals, Larry Haile, a general manager with Sodexo, said. 

"We can transfer meals from site to site," he said. "If they are willing to wait 10 to 15 minutes, we can provide them for them."



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