The Summer Food Service Program starts within El Campo ISD Monday, June 3 at Hutchins Elementary School with all children eating for free.
El Campo ISD participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Being that ECISD has a large number of students qualifying for free and reduced lunches, and the district participates in the national program, it is required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer a summer feeding program, according to Scott Gelardi, director of school nutrition for ECISD.
“School districts with a free and reduced percentage of 50 percent or greater are required to offer a summer feeding program, but only if the district is on the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program,” Gelardi said.
Around 71 percent of ECISD students qualify for free and reduced lunch.
The district will have two sessions of summer feeding from June 3 through July 3 and July 15 through Aug. 1. Hutchins, at 1006 Roberts, is the only feeding site.
“The site is open to any child 18 years of age or younger, and they do not need to attend El Campo ISD to be able to participate,” he said.
On average, the program serves 75 to 80 children for breakfast and between 100 to 125 for lunch. The majority of children served do attend a district school, Gelardi said.
Breakfast is from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and lunch is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Adults are welcome to accompany their children for breakfast or lunch. For adults, breakfast will cost $2.30 and lunch will be $3.
There will be no published menu since the menus are subject to change due to product availability, Gelardi said.
To inquire about the daily menus, contact the school cafeteria directly at 543-2272 on the days of service.