Free Summer Food Program

June 4, 2007
Reported by Pam Dixon

Nichelle Banks' children are getting a hot, healthy meal at the Booker T. Washington Community Center. Banks says, "It's very important. I don't have to get up and cook."

The City of Lake Charles is providing free nutritious meals as part of it's annual Summer Food Service Program. Breakfast and lunch are served Monday through Friday between June 4th and July 31st to meet the health needs of children who are often dependent on school lunches and breakfasts during the year.

Henry Williams is the site supervisor at Booker T. Washington. Williams says, "It's an excellent program in that some children do not necessarily get the balanced diet that they should have. We try to serve them a balanced diet at all of our meals so that at least it fits the food pyramid group, and it might not be what they necessarily want, but it's what they need."

Booker T. Washington is just one of 19 food service sites throughout the city. The city is feeding about three thousand people a day. Not only can individuals bring children to eat, bus loads of kids from summer schools, summer camps and other summer programs can and do drop by.

Children 18 years of age or younger or any person over 18 who is mentally or physically disabled and still enrolled in a school program is eligible for the Summer Food Service Program.

If you would like to know more about the feeding sites and serving times, call 491-1270.

A program coordinator says the city is feeding more and more children each summer.