LCPS dished up extra helpings of nutrition to Lenoir County youngsters this past summer with a program that provided 38 percent more free breakfasts and lunches than the year before.
Between mid-June and mid-August, the Summer Food Service program provided a total of 40,451 meals to youth at sites in Kinston, Pink Hill and La Grange. That total compares to 29,390 meals served during the same time period in 2015 and about 17,500 meals in 2014 – an increase over two years of more than 130 percent.
Most meals were served to students attending one of LCPS’s summer academic camps in Kinston and Pink Hill, the largest of which was new in 2016; but the program also grew with service to more summer day camps and a new outreach effort that delivered lunches to children in four public housing complexes in Kinston.
“It was a great summer,” Chrissy Chadwick, the district’s assistant director of child nutrition, said. “We fed a ton of kids and, as summers go, it went smoothly.”
Of the more than 40,000 meals, 12,619 were served at breakfast and 27,831 were served at lunch. The new delivery program to public housing complexes accounted for about 500 more lunches a week. In addition to meals, LCPS delivered 7,342 afternoon snacks to children at some day camps and at the LCPS Summer STEM Camps.
As many of 25 LCPS nutrition department employees were involved in the program, which is offered through the Federal School Nutrition Program. All meals and snacks met federal nutrition guidelines.
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