Free, nutritious meals available for children in city schools, parks - June 08, 2007

Record Number: 3243
Displayed from: Jun 06, 2007 , until: Aug 10, 2007

Fort Wayne Community Schools will again provide free, nutritious lunches to children ages 1 through 18 in city parks and schools weekdays beginning June 11. The program is funded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ensure children receive proper nutrition throughout the year. FWCS has offered this service for nearly 20 years and expects to serve up to 100,000 meals this summer. Each lunch is an individually packaged, well-rounded meal that meets USDA nutritional standards. Meals often include a sandwich, a vegetable, fruit, snack and milk. There are a lot of children out there who don't have the opportunity to eat a meal if we're not there, says Lynne Peterman, Supervisor of the Nutrition Center. Unfortunately, many days we know the last meal they had was the one we served. FWCS prepares the food and administers the program to ensure it meets government requirements for reimbursement. These rules include the stipulation that the lunches be consumed on site and are provided for children only. No weekend meals are served and no meals will be available July 4. The meals will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, gender or handicap. Questions should be directed to Lynne Peterman, Supervisor Nutrition Center at 4672500. Meals will be provided at the following sites: Boys & Girls Club Fort Wayne Zoo Camp 2609 Fairfield Avenue 3411 Sherman Blvd. June 11 August 10 June 11 August 10 Lunch: 11:50 12:50 Lunch: 11:15 12:15 Hamilton Park Hodell Acres Spring Street 3135 Elmhurst Drive June 11 August 3 June 11 August 10 Lunch: 11:50 12:50 Lunch: 11:30 12:00 Jennings Center Kettler Park 1330 McCulloch Street S. Calhoun & Paulding June 11 August 3 June 11 August 3 Lunch: 11:15 12:15 Lunch: 12:10 1:10 Lakeside Park Lions Park Lake Avenue Carew & Hazelwood June 11 August 3 June 11 August 3 Lunch: 11:15 12:15 Lunch: 12:10 1:10 McMillen Park Memorial Park Oxford Street Maumee Street June 11 July 27 June 11 August 3 Lunch: 12:10 1:10 Lunch: 11:50 12:50 Moody Park Old Fort YMCA College & Jones 2201 Reed Street June 11 August 3 June 11 August 10 Lunch: 12:10 1:10 Lunch: 12:10 1:10 Psi Ote Park Reservoir Park Wenonah Circle Creighton Avenue June 11 August 3 June 11 August 3 Lunch: 11:30 12:30 Lunch: 11:30 12:30 Waynedale Park Weisser Park Elzey Street Colerick Street June 11 August 3 June 11 August 3 Lunch: 11:50 12:50 Lunch: 11:50 12:50 These Facilities are operated in accordance with USDA policy, which does not permit discrimination because of race, color, age*, gender, handicap or national origin. Any person who believes that he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250 *must be 1 18 years of age to participate in this program

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.