As expected, the number of free meals distributed to kids in Charles City in July was down from June.
The program was coordinated by Charles City Schools and the district’s food service provider, Taher Incorporated. In June, almost 300 kids a day received free breakfast and free lunch, totalling over 12,000 meals for the month. District Finance Director Evan Marten gave the numbers for July at this week’s School Board meeting.
The July decline was anticipated due to factors including families taking summer vacations.
Free meals for students are also available again the school year for school districts through federal COVID-relief measures. Communications Director Justin DeVore says the program provides peace of mind for many parents, and educators, too.
DeVore says the federal program covers the basic meal and students who want extra food can purchase it through their school meal account.