Fortville Elementary Offers Free Summer Meals For All Children
Meal Program Will Be Provided July 9-20
Writer: Matt Keating
Photography Provided by Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation
She says any kid looking for a free, nutritious meal this summer can head to the Fortville Elementary School Cafeteria, 8414 N 200 W., and get some healthy food to keep them fueled for summer activities.
Murzyn, the assistant food services director for Fortville Elementary School, says The Free Summer Meals for Children program started in June, and the meals will be offered again from July 9-20.
“We are open Monday through Friday,” Murzyn says. “Breakfast will be served from 7:30 -8:45 a.m., and lunch will be from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Kids can come in Door 15 to the cafeteria for their meal. It’s open to all kids 18 and under. It doesn’t matter where they go to school. There are no borders on the program.”
Murzyn says that the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation recently qualified to provide free, nutritious breakfast and lunches this summer through the USDA Food Service Program.
“This is the first year we have been able to offer the program,” Murzyn says. “Everything is healthy. We will have whole grain cereals with low sugar. We will also have 100 percent juice fruit juices and low-fat milk. Different menu options will be available every day.”
The lunch menu will also vary.
“We will have hamburgers, chicken nuggets, pizza, Walking Tacos, Asian Stir Fry, Orange Chicken, French Toast Sticks, Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Mozzarella Sticks,” Murzyn says. “They will all be hot entrees. It’s food kids love. We will also have a half cup of vegetables, fruit and low-fat milk for lunch.”
Murzyn adds that the USDA regulates the program and has an on-site monitor to enforce rules in the cafeteria.
“The kids have to eat on site at the cafeteria,” she says. “They can’t pick up food and leave. No food can be taken from the cafeteria.”
Any individuals 19 and older may not consume any of the child’s meal, and serving times are strictly enforced. No meals may be served outside the serving time.
Murzyn says the program will also be an opportunity for kids to meet their friends and have fun over a healthy meal.
“We say it’s a good way for them to stay summer strong, eat smart, have some good times with their friends and keep their energy up,” Murzyn says.
For more information visit mvcsc.k12.in.us.