Meals program in full swing

The Webster City Summer Lunch Program is now in full swing at Webster City Middle School. Each weekday, children ages 18 and younger can get a good midday meal at no cost.

Lori Hartnett, food service director, said the program, now in its second year, is “going really great.”

“We have had tons of kids attending and there are lots of volunteers helping out,” Hartnett said. The program, which started June 16, feeds about 250 kids Monday through Friday. About 150 of those meals are served in the middle school commons and approximately 100 are bagged for sack lunches.

“We have some kids that are ball players or part of summer school groups or summer playgrounds,” she said. Those children take the meals to go.

Hartnett said the children actually receive much more than just a meal. Volunteers from churches and service groups are on hand to pass out books and other donated items. Hartnett said drawings are held each day with prizes like pool passes or ice cream coupons donated by local businesses and organizations. The program will continue through July 31. The site is open Monday through Friday with meals served in the commons through July 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be no meals offered on July 4.

Parents are invited to join their children for lunch at a cost of $3.50 per adult.