Food That's In When School Is Out

Food That's In When School Is Out
Posted on 04/11/2018
Joyce Fenner

As the school year draws to an end, a lot of families are starting to think about summer plans.   Those plans may include deciding where to go on vacation.  Other families are thinking about what their children are going to do while the parents are at work. Do they go to daycare?  Does grandma watch them? 

Unfortunately, for many families, they are also trying to figure out how to feed their children during the summer when school meals are not available.   The sad truth is that according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), approximately 12% of households in the United States are considered “Food-insecure”.  This means that these households are struggling to provide enough food for the family and in some cases having to decide between paying other bills and buying food.


During the school year, our Mexico Public School students in kindergarten through 8th grade are provided breakfast and lunch free of charge.  However, what happens when school is out and that service is no longer available?  This is where the USDA, through state agencies such as Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) provide sponsors with the financial and administrative support as well as training to provide much needed meals to children and teens.  Through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), school districts, church groups, youth organizations such as YMCA and other partnerships come together to make sure good nutritious meals are available to the community’s youth.  The meals are free regardless of financial need and the children do not have to be enrolled in summer school or any other programs to be able to participate.  They simply go to one of the sites during the posted meal times and enjoy!

Mexico Public Schools provide free meals to children and teens ages 18 and under during the summer as a sponsor of the SFSP.   This summer meals will be served at Mexico High School, Mexico Middle School, Eugene Field Elementary, and Hawthorne Elementary on Monday through Friday,May 30th through June 26th.  Mexico Public Schools is not the only local agency providing free meals when school is out.  Please watch for flyers and notices of additional places that will be serving meals when our summer session ends June 26th.  Families can also find summer meal information including locations and additional details at www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks.  Families may contact the Mexico Public Schools Food Service Office at 573-581-3773 ext. 2406 for additional information or questions.