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Utah County school districts get ready for summer nutrition programs

By Sarah Hunt - | May 16, 2023

Sammy Jo Hester, Daily Herald file photo

Andrea Quebrar and Stella De Hesus prepare lunch for the kids at Timpanogos Elementary on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

With school ending on May 25 and 26 for Nebo, Alpine and Provo City school district students, many low-income families will be wondering how they will put food on the table until fall. In response, the districts’ nutrition specialists are getting ready to serve hundreds of students this summer by offering free meals to children up to age 18 and low-priced meals for parents and adults.

In the Alpine School District, approximately 700 breakfasts and 1,700 lunches are served to children when school is out; 45 adults join their children for breakfast or lunch. Adult meals cost $1.65 for breakfast and $3.85 for lunch.

“I love the summer program. It’s a great service that the Alpine district offers the community, and it is a great way for us to continue to serve the students in our communities nutritionally balanced meals while school is out for the summer,” said Buffy Swensen, Alpine’s director of nutrition services.

Breakfast is served in the cafeteria from 8-9 a.m., with lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Cherry Hill, Greenwood, Mountain Trails, Parkside, Sharon, Westmore and Windsor elementary schools. Bonneville Elementary offers breakfast from 8-9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon. Mountain View High and Orem Junior High offer breakfast from 7:15-8:45 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Instead of a traditional summer program at a school cafeteria, the Nebo School District provides another opportunity for children’s health as well. The Utah Food Bank provides free lunch to children of all ages in the district at local parks, giving them a place to play outside, get some fresh air and exercise, and enjoy a nutritious meal.

“Nebo’s just extremely grateful to partner with the Utah Food Bank and that they offer these free meals for our children in all of our Niebo communities,” said Lana Hiskey, Nebo’s communications and community relations administrator.

This summer nutrition program has four locations for the convenience of residents. All locations run Monday through Friday, from May 30 to Aug. 11. Breakfast and adult meals are not offered.

Meals are offered from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Spanish Fork City Center Library Park, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Springville Splash Pad and Library, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Payson Municipal Building and 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Centennial Park in Santaquin.

Provo City School District’s program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and will offer free breakfast and lunch to children Monday through Thursday from June 5 to July 20, with the exception of Independence High School offering the program a week longer, until July 27. Cafeterias will be closed on June 19, July 3 and July 4.

“Provo School District’s summer child nutrition program helps kids return to school healthy, happy and ready to learn. It’s a wonderful opportunity for all children to enjoy delicious and nutritious meals during the summer; fresh fruits and veggies are always on the menu,” said Tammy Horger, child nutrition director for Provo City School District. “We are committed to ensuring our children have access to safe and nutritious meals during the summer months when they can’t eat at school.”

Locations include cafeterias at Provo and Independence high schools, as well as Sunset View, Spring Creek, Franklin, Timpanogos, Provost and Provo Peaks elementary schools. Breakfast is served from 8-9 a.m. and lunch goes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

No applications or appointments are necessary to receive meals in the Provo district. Adults can get breakfast for $2 or lunch for $4. For more information, visit https://itsmealsprovo.com/.


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