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Students eat free breakfast and lunch

Megan Yeiter , The Park Record

The Park City School District offers breakfast and lunch through the Summer Food Program through July 26, according to Kathleen Britton, director of Child Nutrition Services for the school district. The program is federally funded, which is why the program is free for kids under 18, she said.

Britton said last year they served more than 3,300 breakfasts and 4,400 lunches, and the program is off to a strong start this year. The first breakfast, on June 18, fed about 80 kids, and then more than 150 kids for lunch. The meals are served at McPolin Elementary School, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

A lot of siblings and summer camp participants around the school district attend regularly, Britton said, adding that one thing they have changed over the years is offering more fresh fruit and vegetables.

"Today we had fresh strawberries for the kids at lunch and then we’ll have fresh grapefruit tomorrow," she said. On Tuesday, the students were offered a yogurt parfait with fruit and breakfast quesadilla. The kids could also get a fresh fruit cup and milk.

According to Britton, there is a mixed demographic that participates in the program, but more Latinos attend regularly. In order to get the program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, she said they have to offer the meals in an area where at least 50 percent of the population qualifies for free and reduced lunches.

For more information regarding the Summer Food Program contact Kathleen Britton at (435) 615-0224.