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Summer lunch program changed

By Xiomara Levsen | May 19, 2017

The summer lunch program for kids and teens in Washington is returning with some changes this year.

This year there will be two locations serving the free lunches - Lincoln and Stewart Elementary. Children from 1 to 18 qualify for the free lunch, which will begin on June 5 and will end Aug. 11. Serving time will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The decision to expand the program came after numbers dropped at Lincoln last year because of the long lines and wait time.

Last summer, 8,323 people were served during the summer lunch program, said Washington Community School District food service director Yota Giardino-Miller. In 2015, 10,660 were served.

“So that’s a huge difference,” she said.

Two locations should help bring down the wait times, because there will be two locations, said Washington superintendent Jeff Dicks. This summer the Y day care will move to their new facility at Stewart and children from there will go to the free lunch served there.

“I also believe if it’s in the Stewart neighborhood I can feel pretty comfortable letting my kids walk there to eat,” Dicks said. “We’re hoping more people can take advantage of it.”

Besides having two locations, the amount of days free lunch will be served is also being extended.

“Each year it seems like we’re increasing the time,” Giardino-Miller said. “There is a statistic out there saying we’re only reaching 1 out of 7 children in need as far as receiving a nutritious meal.”

There will also be several locations around Washington for people to be picked up for a shuttle to Lincoln for lunch. At HACAP the pickup time will be 11:05 a.m. and the drop-off time will be 12 p.m. At the WRAP Center, pickup time will be 11:10 a.m. and drop-off will be 11:55. At Auto Zone pic up will be at 11:15 a.m. and drop-off will be at 11:50. The Lutheran Church will have pickup at 11:40 a.m. and drop-off will be at 12:30 p.m. All of the people from these locations will be taken to Lincoln.

People at the YMCA will be picked up at 11:20 a.m. and will be taken to Stewart. Their drop off will be at 12:10 p.m. At North Sixth Avenue and Highland Court, pick up will be at 11:30 a.m. Children will also be dropped off at Stewart for lunch. Their drop-off time is scheduled for 12:20 p.m.

Brighton students will also have transportation. They will be picked up from Brighton Park at 11:45 a.m. and will be dropped off at 12:45 p.m., from June 5 to July 7. On July 10, the drop-off time will change to 1:20 p.m. because of summer school at Lincoln and Stewart.

People with dietary restrictions may ask for a form at either site for their physician to fill out, and will need to submit it to the school district, Giardino-Miller said. Last year they received six forms for the summer program.

Adults can also eat at Lincoln or Stewart Elementary for a fee.


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