For the past two summers, the Lincoln County R-III School District has served nearly 32,000 free lunches through the Seamless Summer Lunch Program. In 2014, the R-III District will continue the summer lunch program, funded through the National School Lunch Program, but in a condensed time period. The Seamless Summer Lunch Program, which provides a free lunch to any child up to the age of 18, will begin on June 30 and run through August 8, 2014.
The Lincoln County R-III District made the decision to begin the program after the Summer Math Academy to ensure equity. While the district still meets the program’s guidelines Superintendent Mark Penny said Summer Math Academy complicated the R-III District’s ability to offer the free summer lunch program to all students.
“Based on the program’s guidelines, we would not have been able to offer free lunches to ALL students at our Summer Math Academy locations,” he said. Penny said only one location would have served free lunches while the other locations would have had to pay. Summer Math Academy students receiving free and reduced lunches during the school year will receive a free or reduced brunch during the enrichment program.
The Lincoln County R-III District will begin the Seamless Summer Lunch Program on June 30 after the Summer Math Academy ends and follow the district’s summer calendar. Any child up to the age of 18 may receive a free lunch. Main Street Elementary will serve lunch at the building from 11:00-12:30. Lunch deliveries will be made to Hawk Point Elementary and Ninth Grade Center.
The Lincoln County R-III School District launched the Seamless Summer Lunch Program in the summer of 2012 in response to a growing Free and Reduced population. During the inaugural summer, 15,785 lunches in 52 days. Last summer, more than 16,000 lunches were served in 49 days.