Our community, like others, has too many children who sometimes have to go without a meal.
Thankfully, most of them get breakfast and lunch when school is in session, which is a blessing. Both school systems in Warren County are good about making sure every child is served a balanced meal each day that school is in session.
We believe the school systems also do a fine job in ensuring that kids are fed when school is out for the summer as well. For several years now, the Bowling Green and Warren County districts have worked tirelessly to ensure that children whose parents are working during the summer are provided meals.
On Tuesday, students 18 years old and younger started getting breakfast and lunch without charge at several locations throughout the Bowling Green Independent School District. They include 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. The district also offers two mobile food service routes, with stops and times listed on its website. Signs have been placed near stops on the routes.
The city school district’s food service program serves a diverse community of students, including refugees and children with parents who, in some cases, work two jobs each to make ends meet. Because of that, the district has high standards in the meals it serves students. This summer, the district will serve locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, such as strawberries and watermelon from Need More Acres Farm in Allen County.
Warren County Public Schools will launch its own summer meals program Monday.
Between Monday and Friday, students 18 years old and younger can get breakfast and lunch at Jennings Creek Elementary School for free. The WCPS School Bus Cafe will also ride again starting Monday and make eight stops throughout the county.
Along with some of the typical meal choices students get during the school year, such as chicken sandwiches and pizza wraps, locally grown blueberries, strawberries and watermelon will also be available.
These are worthwhile programs administered by our two local school systems. Because of them, children are provided healthy, well-balanced meals when they are out of school for the summer, which is very important to their health and well-being.