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Summer Meals Program Kicks Off

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The Summer Meals Program offered by Billings Public Schools for the past twenty years officially kicked off Wednesday.

For many kids, summer means having plenty of fun in the sun, and enjoying a meal after a couple of hours on the playground. But for many other kids here in Billings, no lunch at school means no lunch during summer. And that's one reason Billings Public School offers their Summer Meals Program for kids.

"This is a nice place for the kids to come and get a nutritious lunch and socialize, meet new friends, play on the playground," says Sue Hoffman, Site Supervisor for the Summer Meals Program.

Luanne Cook owns Learning Latter Childcare and she brings the kids to the free lunch at the park every summer.

"There is a lot of kids that don't get to get out, especially in this community. There's not a lot of stuff for kids to do, so this is a fun free thing," says Cook.

Billings Public Schools just want to be sure kids get nutritious lunches this summer while getting some activity in.

 "It's a great social area for the kids to come to," says Kathy Srock of the Billings Public Schools Food Services. "There's good activity here, physical activity for the kids and they're getting a nutritious meal, also."

But for some, it could be the only meal they'll have that day.

"Just to make sure that people that do really need food know where they can come and get it," says Hoffman.

Cook says, "I think it's important for everyone. Especially people that are homeless or don't have any food. It's a great thing."

The Summer Meals Program is not only for low income families. The free lunch is offered to anyone 18 and under. Billings Public Schools hope to feed more than 30,000 lunches in just 44 days.

To find out locations and times for lunch, click on Connections.