LPS, South Suburban offer free breakfast, lunch to kids

Meals available for no charge five days a week at three sites

Posted 6/5/19

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but kids in Littleton might see things differently. Littleton Public Schools will provide free breakfast snacks and hot lunches to kids under 18 at …

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LPS, South Suburban offer free breakfast, lunch to kids

Meals available for no charge five days a week at three sites

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They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but kids in Littleton might see things differently.

Littleton Public Schools will provide free breakfast snacks and hot lunches to kids under 18 at three sites this summer, five days a week until July 26.

Kids can stop by Field Elementary School for free breakfast or lunch from Monday through Friday, or East Elementary School from Monday through Thursday, or come for a free picnic lunch on Fridays at Promise Park, said Katie Kerkhoff, the district’s nutrition supervisor.

“It’s a great opportunity to keep kids fed with healthy, nutritious food all summer,” Kerkhoff said.

The sites were chosen to overlap with low-income areas of the district, Kerkhoff said, where kids might have reduced access to healthy food while out of school.

While a fifth of the district’s students qualify for free and reduced lunch, Kerkhoff said, two-thirds of students at East and nearly three-quarters of students at Field qualify.

South Suburban Parks and Recreation District, which manages Promise Park, is proud to partner with the school district on the program, said South Suburban spokesperson Jamie DeBartolomeis.

“It’s a great program, and we’re happy to help out,” DeBatolomeis said. South Suburban will keep the park clean and the calendar clear for the program, she said.

“This is a great example of our ongoing partnership with Littleton schools,” DeBartolomeis said. “It’s a win-win.”

The program is open to anyone, Kerkhoff said, and kids don’t have to live in Littleton to get free food. Adults can purchase meals for $4.05 each.

“Programs like this are one of the reasons I got into this work,” Kerkhoff said. “It brings a smile to my face to keep kids fed so they can continue to excel.”

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