Keeping Kids Fed
2:00 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Rhinelander Schools Offer Free Breakfast and Lunch in Summer

School is almost out…but the Rhinelander School District wants to make sure kids get enough to eat even after the school year is over. 

It’s offering free breakfast and lunch for four weeks starting June 16th.. 

Food Service Director Pat Karaba says most of kids who attend summer school do take advantage of the summer food program.  But it’s open to all kids under the age of 18.

“We’d encourage those families that are not attending, that are in the neighborhood to stop in and utilize that program.  They may not think the children have to go to summer school, the kids aren’t interested, but the kids are welcome to just stop in and eat.”   

Karaba says there is a big need in the community for this kind of program, which is federally funded.

Summer breakfast at the high school is a hot breakfast, and at the elementary kids pick up a paper bag.

“The breakfast programs at the elementary is a grab-and-go breakfast, similar to what we have now.  It’ll be a bagged breakfast, they’ll pick up their milk and their paper bag and it’s going to have a cereal and a juice in it.” 

Lunch options are similar to what kids see during the school year. 

Breakfast and lunch happens at Crescent Elementary, Pelican Elementary and Rhinelander High School.  Lunch is also offered at James Williams Middle School. 

Specific times are on the school district website.