Schools gearing up for summer meals program

PHOENIX - As school wraps up in the next two weeks, the focus for districts is making sure children get the right nutrition during the summer and this year one district is going the extra mile.
 
Funding from the USDA allows districts to provide free meals to anyone under 18 during summer break.
 
This year the Roosevelt School District is using a mobile feeding station. The district was able to purchase a van to deliver meals to areas where kids otherwise would go without eating.
 
"The heat and transportation are the biggest challenges for many kids," said Jennifer Gordon, a nutritionist with the district. "This allows us to get to the kids where they are."
 
The majority of kids in the district receive free or reduced lunch so the push is on for school officials to get families connected with the right resources and information.
 
The van is equipped to deliver hundreds of meals at a time and can even provide hot meals.
 
The district has about a dozen meal sites for kids.  They expect to serve 250,000 meals throughout the summer break.  Some sites will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. 
 
Other school districts also participate in a meal program, see Mesa's program here . Contact your school for more information.

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