Local sites offering free meals for kids this summer

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CULLMAN, Ala.  – For the last few years, several entities across Cullman County have participated in a federally-funded program to ensure that children and teens 18 and younger who might face food insecurity can have access to nutritious meals through their summer break from school.  

According to information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture: “The Summer Food Service Program, also known as the Summer Meals Program, was established to ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. When school is out, SFSP provides free meals to kids and teens in low-income areas.”

Shirley Schofield of the North Alabama Food Bank, and Cullman City Schools Child Nutrition Program Assistant Director Terri Abbott helped The Tribune compile a list of locations where kids can go for free meals.

  • Cullman County Public Library, 200 Clark St. NE, Cullman – dates not available
  • Town of Colony, 151 Byars Road, Hanceville – starts 6/3/19
  • West Elementary, 303 Rosemont Ave. SW, Cullman – 6/3/19 – 7/26/19
  • Cullman High, 510 13th St. NE, Cullman – 6/3/19 – 7/26/19
  • West Point Baptist Church – M,T,W 6/3/19 – 7/26/19
  • Welti School, 8545 County Road 747, Cullman – 6/3/19 – 6/30/19
  • Kindergarten Camps at Hanceville, Good Hope and Long view Church, Vinemont 7/15/19 – 7/19/19
  • Basketball camps throughout the county

Breakfast will be from 8-9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

A kick-off event will be held Friday, May 31 from 2-5 p.m. at West Elementary. Everyone is invited for free hamburgers and hot dogs.

For more information, visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program, visit Kid’s Cafe Summer Feeding West Elementary on Facebook, or call the CNP Dept. at 256-734-2233.

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W.C. Mann