Summer Food Service Program proves there's such thing as a free lunch

The Summer Food Service Program kicked off Monday at Pence Elementary.

Whoever said, "There's no such thing as a free lunch", hasn't heard about the Summer Food Service Program.

The Fairfield Community School District is participating in the program, which kicked off on Monday. Fairfield school cooks will be preparing food every weekday until Aug. 9 at Pence Elementary School, at 1000 S. 6th St. They will be providing children between the ages of 2-18 lunches free of charge. There are no income bracket requirements for the families of the children. Organizers say this program will ensure that kids have healthy food available to them over the summer.

â??I think it's very important to provide a meal for the students when school is not in session,â?? Fred McElwee, director of auxiliary services for Fairfield Schools said. â??This is an opportunity for them to come in and get a free meal that they might not have had.â??

The Summer Food Service Program is fully funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and is part of the Department of Education's nutrition initiative. For more information about the Summer Food Service in Iowa, click here. You can contact the FCSD at 641-472-5252.