The Warren County School District has served around 20,000 meals in the last few months during its Summer Meal Program.
The director of Food Services, Gina Howard, says, "A lot of times kids don't have an opportunity to follow up on their nutrition during the summer, so this is a good way to make sure they're eating a balanced meal during that time."
Warren County Schools serve various camps, churches, youth groups, and any child up to 18 years old.
Howard says, "We serve about 20,000 meals during the summer including breakfast and lunch, and we provide snacks for the students."
While they still have mouths to feed, the district is also getting ready for the first day of school. "We're planning our meals and trying to get input on what they might like to have on their meals."
In some cases, the district even arranges to serve dinner for a few groups. Howard says, "With the change in the family unit and people are so busy, our lifestyles are so busy, sometimes we don't take time to be able to eat the nutritious meals that we have and this is a way to provide that during the summer months."
Howard is hoping the kids take this healthy lifestyle with them as they get older.
The free program will continue at Briarwood and Cumberland Trace Elementary Schools through July 22. Warren Elementary, Lost River Elementary, and Warren Central will continue their meals until July 29. Breakfast is served from 7:30 to 8:00 and lunch is served from 11:00 to 12:00.