Ensuring Healthy Meals For Kids This Summer

Parents are always concerned about what their children eat during the day and want to insure they eat healthy foods.

That's sometimes hard during the summer.

That's why the Westside School District is making sure kids get a healthy meal at least two times a day this summer.

“During the school year there are lots of opportunities for at least two meals a day,” District Director of Nutrition Diane Zipay said. “So during the summer this is an opportunity for some children who might not have a meal be able to eat.”

The district is doling out thousands of meals each week at schools, community centers and Sun Dawg locations across the city.

Thirty-two places in all feeding kids from the Missouri River to about 156th Street.

And...it's free.

Amy Carvin has six kids and has been coming to Hillside Elementary near 75th and Western Ave. for about three years.

“One of the things about coming here for lunch is that they are exposed to the fruit the vegetables the things at home they might be inclined to say 'oh, I'll just have some chips or crackers,'” she said.

Sipay said another goal is attacking childhood obesity with healthy meals.

“Junk food seems to be the alternative creating the obesity,” she said. “So giving kids access to healthy, fresh, freshly prepared food make a huge difference in their diet.”

So don't let the hot dogs fool you. They are 100 percent beef.

And parents know kids will eat things they like.

“They get a wonderful lunch that appeals to most any school child,” Amy Carvin said.

Kids up to age 18 and their parents are welcome.

The program is funded through a federal grant from the USDA.

This is the 19th year the district has provided at least some meals to kids during the summer months.

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