Summer lunch programs

Austin High School

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KIMT NEWS 3 — School is now out for the summer in many places in our area, but that does not mean school lunches are.

Austin, Rochester and Albert Lea are some of the school districts that are offering free lunches to children 18 and under.

Rochester has four locations serving breakfast and lunch.

Ben Franklin Elementary will offer breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday beginning June 11. They will also have lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. those days. That will last until August 16.

Elton Hills Elementary will offer breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday beginning June 11. They will also have lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. those days. That will last until August 9.

Riverside Elementary will offer breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday beginning June 11. They will also have lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. those days. That will last until August 9.

Those three locations will not have meal service on July 4 and 5.

Golden Hill will offer breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday beginning June 17. They will also have lunch from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. those days. That will last until August 1.

Golden Hill will not have meal service on July 3, 4 and 5.

Austin will have three locations that will be serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning June 10 and lasting until August 23. Those locations are Austin High School (that will be done at the end of July), Southgate Elementary and Neveln Elementary.

“It’s a federally funded program much like the school lunch program and we do follow the same regulations regarding food nutrition, standards, etcetera. But this is different in that you do not have to qualify to receive the free lunch,” said Mary Weikum, Director of Food and Nutrition for Austin Public Schools.

As weird as it may sound, it saves them money to offer it to everyone instead of a select amount of people.

“If we had to take names, numbers, income levels, we need tons more staffing, it would be much more expensive for any type of group to run so it’s just a way to do it as low cost as possible,” Weikum said.

Parents are allowed to join their students for lunch in Austin for $3.50.

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