Eau Claire (WQOW) - Summer school is in session and a local elementary school is serving up more than homework. Free meals are being offered to all children.
Longfellow Elementary School kicked off its Summer Food Service Program on Monday, serving breakfast and lunch to over 50 students. Any child under the age of 18 can receive free meals at the school. The food service program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Longfellow Elementary said having this type of program ensures that kids have access to nutritious food when school is not in session.
Sue Brown, the food service director for the Eau Claire Area School District, said, "It really is important that students are well nourished in the summer time as well. School lunch and breakfast programs are not available during the summer time, and we know it's important to bridge the gap. We know there are still families in the area that are struggling. We know there are still students in the area that are still hungry. So, we really want to be there to provide services for those students that might be in need of good meals."
Longfellow hopes to increase the number of kids they can reach by the end of July. Free summer meals are also being served at the Boys and Girls Club in Eau Claire, the Community Table and the Salvation Army.