Free Lunch Programs Begin

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

Schools across the region are trying to help parents feed their children this summer.

Officials say they expect many students will take advantage of the free summer food programs.

As students gear up for the summer, several Eastern Kentucky school systems are making sure children are eating right with free food programs.

“Any student that can go to these sites individually can have free meals all summer long,” Sabrina Thompson said.

Sabrina Thompson is the Food Services Director for Pike County, whose food program kicked off Monday.

Eleven schools from the Pike County School System will prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner.

By the end of the summer an expected 50,000 meals will be made.

Parents and children gathered at the Tug Fork Apartments in Belfry, just one of 37 locations that
will be hosting the meals.

It's the first time the program has come to this complex..

Thompson says they look forward to the many more tables they'll have to clean this summer if that means one more child is given a healthy meal.

Any child under 18 can benefit from the program, which runs until August.

Pike County officials say they expect to serve more than five hundred children a day.


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  • by B Location: Hyden on Jun 10, 2008 at 11:42 AM
    Well Doug that seems to be a halfway good idea. The only problem is what about the children in these families? It's not their faults their parents do drugs smoke drink or don't work. We can not allow children to be punished or starve because of their parent's mistakes. I agree the system needs to be re-evaluated and something fair to all done.
  • by DOUG Location: LEXINGTON on Jun 10, 2008 at 04:48 AM
    WHY CAN'T PARENTS TAKE CARE OF THEIR OWN CHILDREN? WHY MUST THE TAX PAYERS RAISE THEIR OWN AND RAISE OTHER PEOPLE'S KIDS? WHAT ABOUT STANDING ON YOUR OWN TWO FEET? I'VE SEEN PARENTS WHO GET TAXPAYERS HELP, (MY MONEY), DO DRUGS, SMOKE, AND DRINK,. LETS DO DRUG TESTS ON ALL PEOPLE WHO TAKE TAXPAYERS HELP. PASS OR DO WITHOUT!!

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