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Lawrence Summer Food Program to begin Monday

The Lawrence Summer Food Program begins serving free meals for youths on Monday. The program, which offers free breakfast and lunch, is hoping to serve more people with its recently added site at the Lawrence Public Library Plaza.

“The Lawrence Public Library is probably the one we’re trying to grow the most since it’s the most visible of all of them,” said Dylan Admire, SNAP-Ed nutrition educator for K-State Research and Extension for Douglas County, which helps to administer the program.

The program runs Monday through Friday from noon to 1 p.m. in the lawn adjacent to the library, 707 Vermont St. There are six additional sites around town that serve breakfast, lunch or both. Any child between the ages of 1 and 18 can get a free meal, and there is no registration required.

“There’s no fee, no registration, nothing,” Admire said. “They just show up.”

An adult must accompany anyone under 4 years of age. Adults can also purchase lunch for $3.45 and breakfast for $2.15. The program served more than 50,000 meals throughout the summer in 2015, which is 6,000 more meals than were served the previous year.

Last year, the program added the location at the Lawrence Public Library. The new site, with its proximity to the Outdoor Aquatic Center and library, is aimed at getting more preteens and teens to take part in the program.

"To really be able to attract preteens and teens is our big focus this year, because we’ve gotten a lot of younger kids in the past, but not as much of the teens and preteens," he said.

The Lawrence school district’s food service department prepares, serves and delivers the food, and menus are available on the district’s website.

The program is administered by both federal and state agencies. Locally, the program is sponsored by: Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, City of Lawrence Parks and Recreation, K-State Research and Extension-Douglas County, Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence Public Schools Food Service Department, Just Food and LiveWell.

Lunch Only Sites

  • Broken Arrow Park

29th and Louisiana Street

June 6-Aug. 5, Excluding July 4, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

  • East Lawrence Recreation Center

1245 E. 15th St., 832-7950

June 6-Aug. 5, Excluding July 4, noon-1 p.m.

  • Lawrence Public Library, Library Plaza

707 Vermont St., 843-3833

June 6-Aug. 5, Excluding July 4, noon-1 p.m.

  • South Park Gazebo

1141 Massachusetts St., 832-7930

June 6-Aug. 5, Excluding July 4, noon-1 p.m.

Lunch and Breakfast Sites

  • Hillcrest Elementary School

1045 Hilltop Drive, 832-5720

June 6-July 29, Excluding July 4

7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

  • New York Elementary School

936 New York St., 832-5780

June 6-July 29, Excluding July 4

7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

  • Woodlawn Elementary School

508 Elm St., 832-5920

June 6-July 29, Excluding July 4

7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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