Summer Meals Rock!

Summer Meals Rock
Posted on 04/22/2019
It is that time of year when kids are starting to look forward to school being out and thinking about summer plans. Some will go on family vacations, others will enjoy “staycations,” summer camp, or just hanging out with friends. Summer school might be in those plans as well. Whatever the plans are, make sure they include plenty of time outdoors. Mexico offers numerous outdoor activities to help keep kids active. Spend some time enjoying the parks, trails, riding bikes, or simply hanging out with friends at the local pool. Make sure those plans also include good, nutritious meals. Mexico Public Schools has you covered there!

During the school year, students have access to meals at school and all students in Pre-K through 8th grade are provided those meals free of charge. But, what happens when school is out and that service is no longer available? Many kids do not have access to regular nutritious meals during the summer. This is where the USDA, partnered with state agencies such as Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), provide sponsors with the financial and administrative support and training to provide much needed meals to children and teens. Working with the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), school districts and youth organizations such as YMCA come together to make sure good, nutritious meals are available to our 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. Students simply go to one of the serving sites during the posted meal times and enjoy!   

Mexico 59 will provide free meals to children and teens age 18 and under during summer school 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 beginning May 29 and ending on June 25.  

Mexico 59 is not the only local agency providing free meals when school is out.  Please watch for flyers and notices of other places that will be serving meals when MPS summer session ends after June 25.

Families can find out more at www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks for locations and other details. Families may also contact the MPS Food Services Office at 573-581-3773 ext 2406 for more information or questions. Mexico School District is an equal opportunity provider.