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  • Read and Feed offers meals, activities

  • Even though it’s summer break, children can still go to Leavenworth schools for hot lunches or to eat breakfast.

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  • Even though it’s summer break, children can still go to Leavenworth schools for hot lunches or to eat breakfast.
    The meals are being offered for free at three elementary schools as part of a what is called the Pioneer Summer Read and Feed Program. In addition to the meals, school officials are making other activities available for children.
    “It varies from site to site,” Amy Sloan said of the activities offered.
    Sloan is the director of operations and education foundation for the Leavenworth school district. The activities portion of the summer program is funded by the Leavenworth Public Schools Education Foundation.
    She said activities may include athletic games or library activities.
    The meals are paid for through a U.S. Department of Agriculture summer food service program.
    Cynthia Schrader, Child Nutrition Department director for the school district, said the federal program is designed to ensure children have an opportunity to eat during the summer.
    The school district’s Read and Feed program is being offered at Earl M. Lawson, David Brewer and Anthony elementary schools. This year’s program began June 4 and will continue through July 27. The meals and activities are offered Monday through Friday. But Schrader said no meals will be served July 4.
    Schrader said the meals are free to any child between the age of 1 and 18.
    “There are no qualifications other than age,” she said.
    Adults also can be served meals, but they have to pay for them. The cost for adults is $2 for breakfast and $3.50 for lunch.
    While the free meals have been offered in the past for children, the adult meals is a new service being offered this summer in the Leavenworth public schools.
    Schrader said it was noticed last year that a fair number of adults were bringing sack lunches as they accompanied children to the schools, so a decision was made to try to sell meals to the adults.
    Schrader said Anthony is the most active site for the summer program. One day last week, about 150 people ate lunch at the school.
    She said the school district is reimbursed by the federal government based on the number of meals served to children for the summer program.
    Sloan said the foundation pays about $4,000 per site to fund the activities portion of the program.
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