Summer Food Service Program begins June 3

Teriyaki salmon filets and salmon sticks were served for lunch at Mt. Eccles Elementary School as part of the Fish to School Luncheon where fifth grade students interviewed community members about how their jobs relate to Copper River salmon. The event is hosted by the Copper River Watershed Project, Cordova District Fisherman United and Mt. EcclesÕ fifth grade class. CRWP Program Director Kate Morse led the event. Her time was supported by the Wild Salmon Center. (Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times)

The Cordova School District will be participating again in the Summer Food Service Program beginning June 3 and ending Aug. 9.

The federally-funded program provides free, nutritious meals for children 18 or younger in low-income areas during summer months when school is not in session.

Meals will be provided at the sites and times listed below:

  • Mt. Eccles Elementary School: Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and lunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Children’s Pallas: Breakfast from 8 am. to 10 a.m. and lunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Bidarki Rec Center: Lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Cordova Family Resource Center: Lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children.

Fifty-two percent of Alaska’s children are eligible for free and reduced-price meals, and yet only one out of 11 children that participate in the National School Lunch Program participated in the Summer Food Service Program in fiscal year 2016, according to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.