School might have ended for the summer but the hot lunches will not go away as the Marshalltown Community School District continues its summer food service program.
The program provides free, nutritious lunches to anyone 18 and under in the community, no matter what school district they are enrolled in.
The district pays for the program through federal funds and has been doing it since 1992. This summer's program will start Monday and run through July 27.
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T.J. McManus prepares lunch at Miller Middle School Thursday. The school district will again provide its free summer lunch program at several schools in Marshalltown beginning Monday and running through July 27.
Vickie McVey, food service director with the district, said these lunches are a way for those students who are on free and reduced lunches to get a hot meal in the summer. It is also open to those who aren't in need, but just would like to get a good meal.
"What I like about it is it is open to every child," McVey said.
The school locations serve from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m weekdays this summer and include Anson, Franklin, Hoglan, Rogers, Woodbury and Miller. There is also lunch at the Salvation Army on State Street (11 a.m. to noon) and the Y Cultural Center (11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.).
Last summer the district served 23,000 meals as part of the program.
"It's been very successful," McVey said. "The need has grown."
Woodbury Principal Sarah Johnson said often her school will serve more than 100 students a day during the summer.
"I think the program is definitely needed," Johnson said.
For more information on the program call the food service office at 641-754-1185.