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Summer Lunch Program Stretches Family Dollar

July 11, 2012, 6:07 AM by Kellee Azar

Summer Lunch Program Stretches Family Dollar
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Making sure your kids eat healthy and get all of the meals necessary to grow is every parent's goal. But sometimes, it's not always as easy as they had hoped.

For the past 28 years the Sioux Falls School District has been opening their doors in the summer to help families cope with the added stress that those extra meals in the summer can cause.

It's a scary feeling for a parent not to know where their child's next meal will come from.  It's one Tiffany Rashid knows all too well.

"So I have the summer off and that means no paycheck for the summer months and I really stretch my money during the summer. So, I have needed the program actually myself. It's kind of humbling to say but I have needed it at times to be able to come up here and feed my children," Rashid said.

That is exactly why the Sioux Falls School District opens its doors during the summer.

"All of our six sites are open sites, which means anyone from the age of 1 to 18 can come and eat with no charge and adults can eat for $2.50 if they would like to join their children. So they can come and have lunch and we are here," Child Nutrition Supervisor Joni Davis said.

And a lot of people are doing just that.

"We are seeing very good activity lots of customers coming to join us at each of the 6 sites we are doing over 500 meals a day which is very exciting for us," Davis said.

That's higher than last summer. And parents, like Rashid, are thankful for the extra help.

"I can do well without the program, but I'm just thinking about other parents who have more of a financial problem that they can bring their kids up here and know that they can count on one good meal for their kids in the middle of the week," Rashid said.

"I think it's meeting a need all over the state and across the nation. There are just times when it is very convenient to have a place for your children to come and have a good lunch with the fruits and vegetables and all of those kinds of things we are encouraged to have in our diets," Davis said.

Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm at the following locations:

Terry Redlin Elementary
L.B. Anderson Elementary
Food Service Center
Hayward Elementary
Hawthorne Elementary
Anne Sullivan Elementary

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