DPS is ensuring that children receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Deputy Superintendent Susana Cordova served lunch to more than 100 students and families at Barnum Elementary School for the DPS Department of Food & Nutrition Services 2017 Summer Food Service Program.
Nearly 70% of DPS students qualify for the federal free- and reduced-price lunch program during the school year. The district’s Summer Food Service Program provides breakfast and lunch for all children 18 years and under without charge at participating school locations throughout the summer. Adults are also able to participate in the Summer Food Service Program for $3 per meal.
Each summer meal follows the same strict U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines that DPS follows during the school year when 50,000 lunch meals and 36,000 breakfast meals are served every day. Meals include foods made from whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and avoid sodium and fat. Many of them are made from scratch, using locally-sourced ingredients from nearby community gardens and Colorado farmers.
The DPS Food & Nutrition Services team is committed to providing healthy and convenient meals options for students, year-round. The Summer Food Service Program serves all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. There will be no service on weekends or on the July 4th holiday.
Nearly one in five kids in Colorado may not always know when or where they will get their next meal (according to the Colorado Children’s Campaign, 2016 KIDS COUNT in Colorado!).
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All school participating this summer are:
Pictured above: Deputy Supt. Susana Cordova serves meals to children and families at Barnum Elementary School.