By Cameron Rasmusson
Summer can be a tough time for students who rely on a free lunch program as a staple of their diet.
Fortunately, they have options with Lake Pend Oreille School District’s free summer meals programs. Implemented in cooperation with the Idaho State Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the program offers free meals to all children ages 1 through 18. There’s no registration, fee or income paperwork required — just show up at the scheduled time and place for a free meal.
Parents are welcome to join their kids for the meals, but by law, they can’t share the free food with their child. Instead, they’re welcome to bring their own lunch or buy an adult meal for $3.85. The program also requires that meals be eaten onsite in the designated area.
Meals will be provided at the following locations and times: Farmin Stidwell Elementary School cafeteria, 1627 Spruce St., Monday through Friday from June 17 to Aug. 23 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Sandpoint City Beach in the grassy area next to the playground, 56 Bridge St., Monday through Friday from July 1 to Aug. 23 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Kootenai Elementary Library, 301 Sprague St., Tuesday and Thursday from June 25 to Aug. 14 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; and Sandpoint High School in the hallway double-door entrance left of the main entrance, 410 South Division Ave., Monday through Friday from June 17 to Aug. 23 12-12:30 p.m.
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