For Kyla Staple, summertime means frequent visits to Circus Square Park, where she watches her 2-year-old son, Beckett, frolic in the park’s water jets.
But regular visits to the park are worth it for another reason: It’s a regular stop for the Bowling Green Independent School District’s mobile food service van, which passes out fruits and vegetables to families all summer long.
“I like that they have a variety of things to choose from,” Staple said Friday. “I like the healthy options. The carrots … either apples or some kind of fruit. I really like that.”
Through Aug. 2, the district is providing meals to all children without charge. The district provides two vans, which visit local neighborhoods along two separate routes.
It also serves meals at Dishman-McGinnis Elementary School, Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School, Bowling Green Junior High School and the Bowling Green Learning Center at 503 Old Morgantown Road.
A complete schedule is available online at www.b-g.k12.ky.us/News/24396#sthash.GmISKCs4.dpbs.
Donna Burch, an instructional assistant at T.C. Cherry Elementary School, helped hand out meals to families at the park Friday.
“All of our students do not have access to quality lunches during the summer, and some actually do not look forward to summer because they know the food will not be there,” she said.
The district’s summer meals program is meant to help continue some of the meal assistance programs it provides students during the school year. In her school, students are sent home with backpack meals twice a week and, starting next school year, students in all schools will receive free breakfast and lunch, Burch said.
Between its food service sites and mobile routes, the district serves about 1,500 meals a day during the summer.
“I just think it’s an important program for the kids, and I’m just lucky to be a part of it,” Burch said.
Likewise, Warren County Public Schools has its own summer meals program. Between Monday and Friday through July 26, students 18 years old and younger can get breakfast and lunch at Jennings Creek Elementary School for free. WCPS’ School Bus Cafe also makes eight stops throughout the county.