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Celebrating Feeding Salina’s Children

Todd Pittenger - May 28, 2015 5:04 pm

The ribbon is cut in celebration of the program.

The ribbon is cut in celebration of the program.

Officials Thursday celebrated Salina’s summer effort to feed hungry children. A ceremonial ribbon cutting at South High School signified the beginning of the free summer lunch program.

USD 305Superintendent Bill Hall tells KSAL News that without the summer lunch program fill a real need in Salina. “We are a very diverse community, and without this program there are children who would not have good nutrition this summer.” He added “it’s a commitment that out board of education has made to make sure our kids live a healthy lifestyle in the summer, and to make sure that all of our kids have the opportunity to eat a h

The free lunches are for any child ages one through eighteen. Adults are welcome to eat for $3.60. Breakfast price for adults is $2.00. There is no fee or registration required to receive meals.

The Free Summer Meal serving sites are:
• Heusner Elementary, 1300 Norton, northwest doors by art room
• Oakdale Elementary – 811 E. Iron, west doors off Penn Street
• Schilling Elementary – 3121 Canterbury, side door by gym
• Sunset Elementary – 1510 W. Republic, north doors off of playground
• St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church – 215 S. Chicago, gym door entrance
• Kennedy Early Learning Center – 700 Jupiter, north double doors off Venus Street
• Church of the Cross – 1600 Rush, southeast door
• Salvation Army – 1137 N. Santa Fe, front door
• South High School – 730 E. Magnolia, west doors marked student entrance

Breakfast will be served only at the Sunset and South High School sites from 7:45-8:15 a.m. June 1 through July 2 at Sunset and July 10 at South High School.

During the 2014 summer program, 3951 breakfasts and 25,145 lunches were served to Salina children at eight open sites and one enrolled site.

 

Children give a "thumbs up" to lunch on Thursday.

Children give a “thumbs up” to lunch on Thursday.

A group gathers in celebration at Salina South High School Thursday.

A group gathers in celebration at Salina South High School Thursday.

Salina Mayor Jon Blanchard (left) and city commissioner Randall Hardy (right) eat lunch with the children

Salina Mayor Jon Blanchard (left) and city commissioner Randall Hardy (right) eat lunch with the children

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