By Kim Walter -- firstname.lastname@example.org
For the fourth year in Warren County, the summer food service program will be offered at E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School starting Monday.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday, individuals 18 and younger can stop by the school's cafeteria and get a free hot meal. Adults can also get a lunch for the price of $2.60.
Food service program specialist Nickole Kinsey, said the program is offered because a certain percentage of students at the school qualify for free or reduced lunches.
"The intent is to feed kids who might be skipping a meal because their parents are working, or those who don't have the healthiest options during the summer," she said.
Each lunch will include fresh fruit and some kind of hot vegetable. Entrees will change, but will feature foods made with whole grains.
"Of course, we'll give them things that they like, too, like chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese," Kinsey said.
A majority of the children come in from summer programs offered in Warren County, "but that just gives them a cold sandwich."
"With this, they're able to eat a hot meal," she said.
The program has served around 100 students a day in the past. So far there are only two people working the program. Kinsey hopes to see a few more volunteers if the turnout increases this year.
"We're happy to feed as many as we can," she said. "It doesn't matter who you are, if you need a meal, we'll give it to you."