School system to sponsor after school meals
Mecklenburg County Public Schools announced Friday it is sponsoring the Child and Adult Care Food Program in an effort to provide meals to youths within the community after school.
The Child and Adult Care Food Program is administered through the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service.
According to Mecklenburg County Public Schools Child Nutrition Supervisor Robin E. Moore, meals will be provided to youths 18 and under who meet certain eligibility requirements based on family size and income, and the school system will be reimbursed federally for the cost of the meals.
The program will take place at three locations, Park View Middle School, 365 Dockery Road, South Hill, Bluestone Middle School, 250 Middle School Road, Skipwith, and LaCrosse Elementary School, 1000 School Circle, La Crosse.
Moore said the program will run Mondays and Wednesdays at LaCrosse Elementary and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Park View Middle and Bluestone Middle.
The eligibility scale for participants is as follows: For a family size of 1, the maximum income is $21,978; family size 2, $29,637; family size 3, $37,296; family size 4, $44,955; family size 5, $52,614; family size 6, $60,273; family size 7, $67,951; family size 8, $75,647; each additional person add $7,696.
The meals will be distributed at no separate charge to all participants who meet the eligibility requirements without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation.
For more information, contact Moore at (434) 738-6111.
According to its website, the Child and Adult Care Food Program provides aid to child and adult care institutions and family or group day care homes for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons.
Through the program, more than 3.3 million children and 120,000 adults receive nutritious meals and snacks each day as part of the day care they receive.