Beginning June 10, 2016, the Cosmopolis School District will be providing free meals to children during the summer as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program.
This summer meals will be provided at the Elementary School's lunchroom (349-399 C St., Cosmopolis) Monday - Friday from 11 am to Noon. There are no income requirements or registration. Any child under the age of 18 may come to eat as well as people with disabilities. Meals will be served on a first come, first served basis.
"Each summer children wait for the last bell of the school year. Summer is an exciting time for children to enjoy playtime with friends, a week at camp, a family vacation, or time at the pool. However, for many children who receive free and reduced-price meals at school, summer can mean hunger. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child's need for good nutrition. "This school year alone Cosmopolis Elementary School's free and reduced lunch rate was over 52%," Superintendent/Principal Cherie Patterson told the Herald.
Statewide the number of children on the free and reduced lunch program range from 26% to as high as 59%.
That is two meals a day these students receive at school that are no longer available to them during the summer. Child hunger is a whole community issue that goes highly unseen. Please help spread the word about the Cosmopolis School District's new Summer Lunch Program. Let hunger be one less worry for these children and their families.