CLEARFIELD – Since kids don’t take a summer vacation from eating, the Davis School District wants to make sure they get lunch all year.
Davis School District Nutrition Services Director Pam Tsakalos told the Clipper that the summer lunch program is already in full swing.
In the past, Tsakalos said there were 9-10 schools that served summer lunches, but demand has declined in recent years, with only 4 sites offering meals during June, July and part of August.
Currently, Layton’s Lincoln Elementary, Bountiful’s Meadowbrook Elementary, Clearfield’s Wasatch Elementary and North Davis Jr. High School serve summer lunches to any child between the age of 1 and 18. The lunches are free; no registration needed and no questions asked.
Adults may also purchase a lunch for $3.10.
The participating elementary schools serve between 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., while North Davis serves between 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
When asked why summer lunch participation was down, Tsakalos said, “I wish I knew.”
Tsakalos also emphasized the importance of the program.
“You’re feeding hungry students,” said Tsakalos. “For some, they depend on it.”
Tsakalos said that the district serves 800 – 1,200 lunches per day, and the fare usually includes a hot sandwich, along with fruits, vegetables and milk.
The program ends on July 23 for the elementary schools, and two weeks before the start of the regular school year at North Davis.