Thursday, July 9, 2009

Free summer lunch program expands - Gazette

Seven county schools offer meals to low-income students

by Jason Tomassini | Staff Writer | Wednesday, July 1, 2009

In its second year, a county program that serves free lunches in the summer to students in low-income neighborhood has expanded to seven sites throughout the county to ensure the rising numbers of students that qualify for free meals do not go hungry when school is out.

"Hunger doesn't take a summer break," said Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring, who helped begin the county's summer lunch program last year, when it provided free meals at one school, Georgian Forest Elementary School in Wheaton.

This year's program, which began June 17, expanded to seven schools, including Rolling Terrace Elementary School in Takoma Park where officials met Monday to a kick-off the program. In addition to Rolling Terrace, the summer lunch program is available at Georgian Forest and Strathmore elementary schools in Layhill, John F. Kennedy High School in Glenmont, Maryvale Elementary in Rockville and Summit Hall and Whetstone elementary schools in Gaithersburg.

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