School is officially out for the summer and the Fort Bragg Child Nutrition Program is gearing up to provide free meals to children in the Fort Bragg and the surrounding area.

The Summer Lunch Program is scheduled to begin Monday through Aug. 2, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., at Irwin Intermediate and Shughart Elementary schools. 

July 4 is the only day that the lunch meal will not be provided. Meals will be provided on a first-come, first served basis. Parents or adults accompanying the children can also purchase meals at a la carte prices. 

Congress established the United States Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program to ensure that low-income children between the ages of 2 and 18 are provided a nutritious meal while school is not in session.

“Fort Bragg has participated in this program for the past 13 years and considers it to be a great program for its children because it is cost effective and the nutritional benefit it provides to the children (is significant),” said Doris Hickman, Child Nutrition director for Fort Bragg Schools.  

“In order to qualify for this program we have to be in an area that is at least 51 percent or more are needy. The two schools where the programs will be held are considered to be at 51 percent needy,” said Hickman. “This is not a profit making program. If we break even, we are lucky because we are reimbursed by the United States Department of Agriculture. However, we do not even look to make a profit; we just do this for the sake of the children.”  

According to Hickman, they are expecting about 200 to 250 children to participate in the program this year.

“Any child between the ages of 2 and 18 is welcome to participate in this program. It is an open slot, if a child can walk through the door without a bottle in their mouth; they are eligible for a free meal,” said Hickman. “We enjoy feeding the children and that is our main goal.”

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service website states that one in six children who receive reduced or free lunch during the academic year will go hungry this summer.  It is also found that children who tend to miss school breakfast and lunch are more likely to be sick, absent or tardy, disruptive in class and inattentive. These children also tend to score lower on achievement tests.

The Food and Nutrition Service branch feels that there is a vital link between good nutrition and good performance in school. 

So, the ultimate goal of the SFSP in providing nutritious meals during the summer is for children to be ready to learn when school starts in the fall.
 

Summer Lunch Program Menu
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Locations: Irwin Intermediate School, 91 Rhine Road, Fort Bragg
Shughart Elementary School, 4800 Camel Road, Cameron, N.C. (Linden Oaks Area)
 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

July 1

Pepperoni pizza

Steamed corn

Green beans

Fresh strawberries

Choice of cold milk

July 2

Cheeseburger

Oven baked fries

Lettuce with pickle and tomato

Fresh watermelon

Choice of cold milk

July 3

Tacos

Lettuce with diced tomatoes

Fresh cantaloupe

Garden peas

Choice of cold milk

July 4

No lunch due to holiday.

July 5

Hot dog

Oven baked fries

Baked beans

Fresh strawberries

Choice of cold milk

July 8

Chicken sandwich

Fresh new potatoes

Garden peas

Fresh blueberries

Choice of cold milk

July 9

Cheeseburger

Lettuce with pickle chips and tomato

Green beans

Fresh cantaloupe

Choice of cold milk

July 10

Pizza

Garden salad with ranch dressing

Steamed corn

Fresh peaches

Choice of cold milk

July 11

Baked chicken with whole wheat roll

Sweet potatoes

Pinto beans

Fresh watermelon

July 12

Spaghetti with French bread

Garden salad with ranch dressing

Green beans

Fresh cantaloupe

July 15

Pepperoni pizza

Steamed corn

Garden salad with ranch dressing

Fresh watermelon

Choice of cold milk

July 16

Cheeseburger

Garden peas

Lettuce with pickle chips and tomato

Fresh cantaloupe

Choice of cold milk

July 17

Tacos

Shredded lettuce with cherry tomatoes

Pinto beans

Fresh blueberries

Choice of cold milk

July 18

Barbecue chicken with wheat roll

Creamed potatoes

Carrot sticks

Fresh melon cup

Choice of cold milk

July 19

Hot dog

Oven baked fries

Baked beans

Fresh peaches

Choice of cold milk

July 22

Chicken sandwich

Fresh new potatoes

Garden peas

Fresh blueberries

Choice of cold milk

July 23

Cheeseburger

Lettuce with pickle chips and tomato

Green beans

Fresh cantaloupe

Choice of cold milk

July 24

Pizza

Garden salad with ranch dressing

Steamed corn

Fresh peaches

Choice of cold milk

July 25

Baked chicken with whole wheat roll

Sweet potatoes

Pinto beans

Fresh watermelon

Choice of cold milk

July 26

Spaghetti with French bread

Garden salad with ranch dressing

Green beans

Fresh cantaloupe

July 29

Pepperoni pizza

Steamed corn

Garden salad with ranch dressing

Fresh watermelon

Choice of cold milk

July 30

Cheeseburger

Garden peas

Lettuce with pickle chips and tomato

Fresh cantaloupe

Choice of cold milk

July 31

Tacos

Shredded lettuce with cherry tomatoes

Pinto beans

Fresh blueberries

Choice of cold milk

Aug. 1

Barbecue chicken with wheat roll

Creamed potatoes

Carrot sticks

Fresh melon cup

Choice of cold milk

Aug. 2

Manager’s choice

Choice of cold milk