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Oxford Community Offers Free Summer Meals for Kids

Each summer, children wait for the last bell of the school year. Summer is an exciting time for children to enjoy playtime with friends, a week at camp, a family vacation, or time at the pool. However, for many children summer can mean hunger. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition.

As part of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Meal Programs, the Oxford community is a site that will be serving free meals to children this summer. This summer, breakfast and lunch will be served every weekday from June 4 through July 20, 2018. Breakfast is from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and lunch is from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Free summer meals are available to all kids ages 18 and younger — not just Oxford School District students. There are no residence or school requirements, nor any proof of income required.
The two summer meal sites that families, churches and community organizations can easily access are:
Oxford Intermediate School
501 Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive
Oxford, MS 38655
Oxford Middle School
222 Bramlett Boulevard
Oxford, MS 38655
Adults may purchase meals at a very low cost also: breakfast is $1.75, and lunch is $3.75. All meals served are healthy and follow the same U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition guidelines the school districts follow during the regular school year. Oxford School District does not provide transportation to the meal sites.
“This initiative is about getting kids the nutrition they need during the summer months. We are usually focused on just our OSD students, but this is an opportunity for us to feed anyone who lives in the area. That’s what I love about this program,” said Dan Westmoreland, director of child nutrition.
For more information about Summer Meals, visit www.oxfordsd.org/SummerMeals or call the Child Nutrition office at (662) 234-3541.

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