Hunter Elementary to host a free summer food service program

Published: May. 11, 2023 at 11:35 AM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The State of Alaska has just approved Hunter Elementary for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

The SFSP program is a federally funded service that provides free, nutritious meals to kids 18 years of age or younger during the summer while school is not in session.

Meals will be served at Hunter Elementary School, Monday through Thursday, starting June 5 and continuing through the 28. Breakfast will be served from 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“While a majority of meals will have to be consumed on site, kids will be able to take home one item, such as milk or fruit,” said Amy Rouse, FNSBSD’s Director of Nutrition Services Center.

Parents who work during the day do not have to accompany their children to the meals either. Rouse adds, “If [your] children are old enough and they feel comfortable with them coming by themselves. They can absolutely do that.”

“[I] hope everybody comes and joins us this summer. We have a partnership going on with the district’s Teaching and Learning Department to have books available for free. So they can come grab a good read and get a good meal,” said Rouse.

The program is open to anyone 18 years old or younger, regardless of enrollment in the school district. SFSP aims to help fill the hunger gap for children in our community.