Schools gear up to offer meals during summer break

Free breakfast and lunch will be offered at several locations in the area this summer for children who might not have the opportunity to eat full meals while school is out.Pictured, students at Elkhart Community Schools eat lunch at last year’s program. 

School is almost out for summer break, but school meals won’t stop.

Many school corporations are participating in the Summer Food Service Program, which offers hot or cold meals during the summer to children 18 and younger.

The federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture began in 1968 with a goal of ensuring that low-income students who receive free or reduced-priced meals during the school year still have nutritious food to eat during the summer.

In Elkhart County, there will be several open meal sites available for youths in the coming months.

Elkhart Community Schools’ food service program starts June 11 and continues through Aug. 9 at 38 sites, which include schools, churches and parks in Elkhart.

At Elkhart schools, 8,050 students, or 64 percent, get free or reduced-priced lunches, according to the Indiana Department of Education data. The district is the largest in Elkhart County with an enrollment of 12,573.

The district will offer lunch, breakfast and snacks, said Pam Melcher, food services director at ECS.

Melcher said the district has been participating the program for more than 25 years, adding that turnouts have been steady.

Last year, ECS summer foods program served 10,069 breakfasts, 12,265 snacks and 22,836 lunches, Melcher said.

“Summer Feeding Program is very important to us as it allows us to provide meals at no cost to our students when they are not in school,” Melcher said.

Goshen Community Schools will be serving breakfast and lunch at eight school buildings and 12 remote sites from June 5 to July 26. Meals won’t be served on July 4-5.

Indiana Department of Education data reports that Goshen had 4,082  students— nearly 62 percent —  that received free or reduced-price lunches this school year.

Last year, the corporation served 5,507 breakfasts and 16,733 at 22 sites in June and 6,786 lunches at 14 sites in July, according to Elna Hussey, school nutrition administrative assistant at GCS.

Hussey said this is the district’s 15th year participating in the program.

“Our free and reduced numbers are high and when you look at the numbers from last year, those are kids who honestly may have not gotten a meal, so it’s very important that we continue serving over the summer,” she said.

At Concord Community Schools, lunch and breakfast will also be provided at various times and days starting in June and ending in August.

About 3,050, or 56 percent, of students at Concord, qualified for free or reduced lunch during the 2018-19 school year, according to IDOE data.

Christine Schrock, food services director at Concord, said the district has been participating in the program since 2010.

Last year, she said the district served 5,246 meals.

“It’s very important that we participate in this program because the need does exist here,” Schrock said. “We’re in a unique position here at Concord where we’ve got Goshen on one side of us and Elkhart on the other and they both do an outstanding job with summer meals and we’re kind of in the middle. We don’t have the numbers they do. But we think it’s important to be accountable and to service our community and any student or any person can come up and get a nutritious free meal.”

Summer meal sites

ELKHART COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Arbors at Riverbend Apartments (55750 Ash Road, Osceola, IN 46561)

Dates of program: June 11 through Aug. 2

Lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Beardsley Elementary (1027 McPherson St., Elkhart, IN 46514)

Dates of program: June 11 through Aug. 2

Lunch: noon to 1 p.m.

Snack: 2: p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Dates of program: July 29 through Aug. 9

Breakfast: 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to noon

Bristol Elementary (705 Indiana St., Bristol, IN 46507)

Dates of program: July 5 through July 9

Breakfast: 8  a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Lunch:11:30 a.m. to noon

Snack: 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Cleveland Elementary (53403 County Road 1, Elkhart, IN 46514)

Dates of program: July 5 through July 9

Breakfast: 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Lunch:11:30 a.m. to noon

Cobus Green Mobile Home Park (54152 Ash Road, Osceola, IN 46561)

Dates of program: June 11 through Aug. 2

Lunch: 11 a.m. to noon

Concord East Side Elementary (57156 Co Rd 13, Elkhart, IN 46516)

Dates of program: June 17 through August 9

Breakfast: 8 a.m.to 8:30 A.M.

Lunch: 11 a.m. to noon

Congdon Park (Bristol, IN 46507)

Dates of program: June 11 through Aug. 2

Lunch: 12:20 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.

Eastwood Elementary (2605 County Road 15, Elkhart, IN 46514)

Dates of program: Aug. 5 through Aug. 9

Breakfast: 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to noon

Elkhart Central Fieldhouse (1 Blazer Blvd., Elkhart, IN 46516)

Dates of program: June 11 through June 28

Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Lunch: 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Snack: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

Dates of program: July 8 through July 29

Breakfast:8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Lunch: noon to 12:30 p.m.

Snack: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

ETHOS (1025 N. Michigan St., IN 46514)

Dates of program: June 11 through June 21

Lunch: 11:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.

Snack: 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Dates of program: June 24 through June 28

Lunch: 11:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.

Snack: 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Dates of program: July 8 through July 19

Snack: 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Four Seasons Mobile Home (1350 Co Rd 3, Elkhart, IN 46514)

Dates of program: Aug. 5 through Aug. 9

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Hawthorne Elementary (501 Lusher Ave., Elkhart, IN 46517)

Dates of program: July 29 through Aug. 9

Breakfast: 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to noon

High Dive Park (500 E Beardsley Ave., Elkhart, IN 46514)

Dates of program: June 11 through July 26

Lunch: 11:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Highland MHP (1875 Osolo Road, Elkhart, IN 46514)

Dates of program: June 11 through Aug. 2

Lunch: noon to 1 p.m.

Holiday Village Trailer Park (1350 County Road 3, Elkhart, IN 46514)

Dates of program: June 11 through Aug. 2

Lunch: noon to 1 p.m.

Mary Beck Elementary (818 McDonald St., Elkhart, IN 46516)

Dates of program: June 11 through June 28

Breakfast: 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to noon

Dates of program: July 29 through Aug. 9

Breakfast: 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to noon

Mary Daly Elementary (1735 Strong Ave., Elkhart, IN 46514)

Dates of program: June 11 through Aug. 9

Breakfast: 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Mary Feeser Elementary (53403 County Road 1, Elkhart, IN 46514)

Dates of program: Aug. 5 through Aug. 9

Breakfast: 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to noon

McNaughton Park (701 Arcade Ave., Elkhart, IN 46514)

Dates of program: June 11 through Aug. 2

Lunch: 11:30 a.m.  to 12:30 p.m.

Monger Elementary (1100 East Hively Ave., Elkhart, IN 46517)

Dates of program: July 29 through Aug. 9

Breakfast: 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to noon

New Hope United Church (28765 Co Rd 4, Elkhart, IN 46514)

Dates of program: June 11 through Aug. 2

Lunch: 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

North Lake Apartments (25800 Brookstream Circle, Elkhart, IN 46514)

Dates of program: June 11 through Aug. 2

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

North Side Middle School (300 Lawrence St., Elkhart, IN 46514)

Dates of program: June 17 through Aug. 2

Lunch: noon to 12:30 p.m.

Snack: 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Osolo Elementary (24975 County Road 6, Elkhart, IN 46514)

Dates of program: July 29 through Aug. 9

Breakfast: 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to noon

Pierre Moran Middle School (200 Lusher Ave., Elkhart, IN 46517)

Dates of program: June 11 through Aug. 2

Breakfast: 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Pinewood Elementary (3420 East Bristol St., Elkhart, IN 46514)

Dates of program: Aug. 5 through Aug. 9

Breakfast: 8 a.m.to 8:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to noon

Riverview Elementary (2509 Wood St., Elkhart, IN 46516)

Dates of program: July 29 through Aug. 9

Breakfast: 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to noon

Roosevelt Center (215 E Indiana Ave., Elkhart, IN 46516)

Dates of program: June 12 through July 24

Breakfast: 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Lunch: noon to 12:30 p.m.

Roosevelt STEAM Academy (201 West Wolf Ave., Elkhart, IN 46516)

Dates of program: July 29 through Aug. 9

Breakfast: 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to noon

St Vincent (1027 McPherson St., Elkhart, IN 46516)

Dates of program: June 17 through July 24

Breakfast: 7:30am to 8:00am

Timberbrook Mobile Home Park (54686 County Road 19, Bristol, IN 46507)

Dates of program: June 11 through Aug. 2

Lunch: noon to 1 p.m.

Tolson Center (1320 Benham Ave., Elkhart, IN 46516)

Dates of program: June 11 through July 26

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Walker Park (3301 E Bristol St., Elkhart, IN 46514)

Dates of program: June 11 through Aug. 2

Lunch: 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Weston Park (Corner of Cedar Street and Michigan Street)

Dates of program: June 11 through Aug. 2

Lunch: 11:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Willowdale Park (418 W Marion St, Elkhart, IN 46516)

Dates of program: June 11 through July 26

Lunch: 11 a.m. to noon

Woodland Elementary (1220 County Road 3, Elkhart, IN 46514)

Dates of program: July 29 through Aug. 9

Breakfast: 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to noon

GOSHEN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 

LUNCH ONLY SITES

Brookside Manor Mobile Home Park, 61108 C.R. 17

June 5 to July 26 — lunch 11:05 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Rieth Park, 1508 S. 13th St.

June 5 to July 26 — lunch 10:55 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Oakridge Park, 715 N. First St.

June 5 to July 26 — lunch 11:25 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Pringle Park, 1912 W. Lincoln Ave.

June 5 to July 26 — lunch 10:50 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

Shanklin Park, 411 W. Plymouth Ave.

June 5 to July 26 — lunch 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Twin Pines Mobile Home Park, 2011 W. Wilden Ave.

June 5 to July 26 — lunch 11:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Maple Court Place, 2932 Elkhart Road

June 5 to July 26 — lunch 11:15 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Roxbury Park, 403 Post Road

June 5 to July 26 — lunch 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Walnut Park, 557-599 N. Sixth St.

June 5 to July 26 — lunch 11:15 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

Winchester Trails, 400 Winchester Trails

June 5 to July 26 — lunch 10:45 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

Kids Care Boys & Girls Clubs, 912 Middlebury St.

June 11 to July 20 — lunch 11:10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (closed July 2 through July 6)

Grace Community Church, 20076 C.R. 36

June 5 to July 26 — lunch 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

Model Elementary School, 412 S. Greene Road

June 10 to June 27 (Monday to Thursday) — breakfast 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; lunch 11 a.m. to noon

Parkside Elementary School, 1202 S. Seventh St.

June 10 to June 27 (Monday to Thursday) — breakfast 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; lunch 10:45 a.m. to noon

Goshen Middle School, 1216 S. Indiana Ave.

June 10 to June 27 (Monday to Thursday) — breakfast 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; lunch 11 a.m. to noon

Waterford Elementary School, 65560 Ind. 15

June 10 to June 27 (Monday to Thursday) — breakfast 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; lunch 11 a.m. to noon

West Goshen Elementary School, 215 Dewey Ave.

June 10 to June 27 (Monday to Thursday) — breakfast 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; lunch 11 a.m. to noon

Goshen High School, 401 Lincolnway East

June 3 to June 27 (Monday to Thursday) — breakfast 7:15 to 8:15 a.m.; lunch 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Prairie View Elementary School, 1730 Regent St.

June 10 to July 27 (Monday to Thursday) — breakfast 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; lunch 11 a.m. to noon

Chamberlain Elementary School, 428 N. Fifth St.

June 10 to July 27 (Monday to Thursday) — breakfast 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; lunch 11 a.m. to noon

CONCORD COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

June 10 - June 28 at Concord Junior High (Monday to Friday) Breakfast 7:40 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.

June 10 - June 13 at East Side Breakfast 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

June 17 - 20 at West Side Breakfast 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

July 31 and Aug. 1 - 9 (Monday to Friday) at the Concord Junior High Breakfast 8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

July 29- Aug. 8 (Monday to Thursday) at Intermediate Breakfast and Lunch 8:35 a.m. – 9:35 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

July 29- Aug. 8 (Monday to Thursday) at West Side Breakfast and Lunch 8:25 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m.

Aug. 5 - 8 All Elementary Schools Breakfast 8:30 a.m. -9:30 a.m.

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