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Editorial: Summer meals is a positive plan

Published 9:25am Monday, June 17, 2013

We were glad to receive the news that Albert Lea Area Schools once again will provide meals to children 18 and younger as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program.

The Minnesota Department of Education encourages schools to offer free meals in the summer. Why? To ensure that children — particularly ones from low-income families — continue to eat nutritious meals that meet the federal guidelines.

It’s the right thing to do. No child should suffer a lack of nutrition because of poverty or poor diet choices at home. The health of our children matters to the rest of society. We want — no, need — our children to grow into healthy adult bodies and become productive, active citizens.

The summer meals program isn’t the only solution, but it is a good step in ensuring nutrition during summer months when children aren’t in school.

The summer meal program starts July 15 and ends Aug. 8; meals are free to children under age 18 Mondays through Thursdays.

At Halverson Elementary School, from July 15 to Aug. 8 a lunch will be served from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

At Hawthorne Elementary School, from July 15 to Aug. 8 a breakfast will be served from 7:45 to 8:15 a.m. and a lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to noon Mondays through Thursdays.

Children do not need to be from Albert Lea. Just show up. We encourage anyone interested in giving their child a good, wholesome meal to bring that child to those schools on those dates.