Summer Food Program Benefits Area Kids

Emily Szink

Summer Food Program Benefits Area Kids

CREATED Jun. 11, 2013

Omaha, NE- More than 60 Omaha schools offer free breakfast and lunch to area kids ages one to 18 when school is out for the summer.  

School is out for the summer and the last thing an area child should have to worry about is where their next meal is coming from.  Thankfully over two decades ago the USDA implemented a program that allows children to get breakfast and lunch for free.  Over 60 Omaha schools participate in both this beneficial and nutritional program

"USDA started this program because they saw a need.  They knew kids go hungry and the whole emphasis is not to let any child go hungry especially when school is out,” the Director of Nutrition Services for Omaha Public Schools Tammy Yarmon.  

The need for such a program is crucial in Omaha.

“The need is great. You know our district is 72, 75 percent free and reduced.  There are a lot of children during the summer time who don't get a meal, let alone a healthy meal," said Yarmon. 

Matthew Williams is the principal at Mount View Elementary.  He says 93 percent of children in his school receive free and reduced lunch. 

“We know the kids are getting a good breakfast, we know they are getting a good lunch so that focus on their academics, rather than thinking about when they're going to get their next meal or when they're going to eat,” said Mount View Principal Matt Williams. 

The Summer Food Program not only starts a child’s day off with a healthy meal. 

“They enjoy it. They come in in the morning and they're asking me what's for breakfast, they always want to know what they are going to have,” said Williams.

“I walk in the door and they say good morning and I say good morning back. Then I walk down stairs and say good morning, said Mount View 3rd Grader Ta'Nyah Jackson.

Definitely service with a smile.

The program lasts all summer and concludes August 2nd.