Each summer, the Child Nutrition Program of the Cabarrus County Schools helps provide thousands of free meals to students.This year, for the first time, the school system will offer a full breakfast instead of a morning snack as in previous years. The Summer Food Service Program started June 10 and is on pace to serve an estimated 14,000 lunches and 13,000 breakfasts, according to school system officials.The program aims to provide nutritious meals for children in need when school is not in session. Volunteers are always needed.To be eligible to participate at the community sites, a student must live in an area where 50 percent or more of the residents use free or reduced-price meal plans at school, or 50 percent or more of the students on the site’s summer enrichment attendance roster use those meal plans. Community sites (listed in the accompanying box) serve breakfast and lunch to students involved in the summer enrichment program at each location. There are no restrictions on who can get a meal at one of the mobile sites, which are open to all children 18 and younger who are unable to attend the school system’s enrichment programs. Children receive the meals and eat them on an air-conditioned bus at three locations.There is no cost to participate in the summer meals program, which runs through Aug. 9 in most locations, but there may be costs to attend enrichment programs at community sites. Kristen Clapper, field supervisor for the child nutrition program, said labor and food costs fluctuate depending on need, but most costs are reimbursed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The school system expects to receive $67,000 in federal reimbursements for this summer’s food program; program expenses are about $57,000. The school system will use the remainder to support other student nutrition-related programs throughout the year, school officials said.Paid staff and volunteers from churches, Concord Parks and Recreation and other community groups help operate the Summer Food Service Program at 20 sites throughout the county. Free meals, which meet federal nutrition guidelines, are available at program sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children, according to the school system.A breakfast consists of an 8-ounce serving of milk, a half-cup of a fruit or vegetable and a serving of grain or bread with an optional 1-ounce serving of meat or meat alternative. A lunch consists of a serving of milk, two or more fruits or vegetables, a serving of grain or bread and a 2-ounce serving of meat or alternative.With enough volunteer support and student participation, an additional site could be added to the program, Clapper said.Community sitesAll sites listed below are in Concord. Call to learn about programs, eligibility requirements and hours of operation. Each of these sites is open to students involved in the summer enrichment program at that location. Depending on program capacity, each location will try to offer services to any student in need. If a program is full, students will be redirected to another possible location.• Caldwell Park, 362 Georgia St., weekdays. Sara Rodgers, 704-920-5619. • Carl A. Furr Elementary School, 2725 Clover Road, weekdays. Keisha Gatling, 704-788-4300.• Central Cabarrus High, 505 N.C. 49, Mondays-Thursdays. Steve Petrucci, 919-612-4955.• Coltrane-Webb Elementary, 61 Spring St. N.W., Mondays-Thursdays. Elana Moore, 704-782-5912. • Concord Christian Center, 265 Manor Ave., weekdays. Faye Brown, 704-788-4726.• Gilmore Chapel AME Zion Church, 762 Central Drive, weekdays. Irene Thompson, 704-439-2773.• Grace Lutheran Church, 179 Tournament Drive S.W., weekdays. Calvin Reid, 704-960-0718.• Hartsell Park, 60 Hartsell School Road, weekdays. Sara Rodgers, 704-920-5619.• Hispanic Learning Center, 418 Kerr St., Mondays-Thursdays. Theresa Isibor-Davis, 704-795-3535.• Les Myers Park, 338 Lawndale Ave., weekdays. Sara Rodgers, 704-920-5619.• Multi-Cultural Community Student Union, 202A McGill Ave., Mondays-Thursdays. Ruth Brooks, 704-796-0865.• Rocky River Kids Plus, 5454 Rocky River Road, weekdays; Kelly Hodge, 704-786-5699.Royal Oaks, 608 Dakota St., Mondays-Thursdays; Shannon Martin, 704-258-9213.• Shooting Stars Brittney Pless, 1356 Sinai Place NW, weekdays; 704-713-2667.Weddington Hills Kids Plus, 4401 Weddington Road, weekdays; Kelly Hodge, 704-786-5699.• Winecoff Kids Plus, 375 Winecoff School Road, weekdays; Kelly Hodge, 704-786-5699.Mobile sitesOpen-enrollment or mobile sites are open to any child 18 and younger. All sites listed are in Concord. The contact for these sites is Kristen Clapper, 704-784-5125.• Site No. 1: Corner of Epworth Street Northwest and Clintwood Drive, 11-11:30 a.m. weekdays. • Site No. 2: Long School, 310 Kerr St. N.W., 11:45-12:15 weekdays.• Site No. 3: Corner of Melrose Drive and Lincoln Street, 12:30-1 p.m. weekdays.
Thursday, Jul. 04, 2013
Cabarrus County Schools’ summer meal program adds breakfast
Learn more: View the schedule and find contact information online at ccsweb.cabarrus.k12.nc.us.
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