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Ogden, Weber school districts providing free summer meals

By Ryan Aston - | May 25, 2024

Photo supplied, Ogden School District

A family takes part in Ogden School District's summer meals program at Monroe Park on June 7, 2023.

The academic year may be wrapping up, but kids still will have an opportunity to receive school lunch throughout the summer.

The Ogden and Weber school districts will resume their respective summer meal programs next month, enabling children 18 and under to receive free lunch — and, in some cases, breakfast — at a number of area schools and parks.

Free meals will be served Monday through Friday at participating schools/service sites. However, meal schedules vary by district and school.

Ogden School District’s summer feeding program will run from June 3 to July 19 at Lincoln Elementary, Ben Lomond High and Ogden High, as well as Liberty Park, Lorin Farr Park, West Ogden Park and Monroe Park. Meanwhile, Heritage Elementary and Odyssey Elementary will serve meals through July 26.

Breakfast will be served at school sites only from 8:15-8:45 a.m. Lunch will be served at all sites from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sites will be closed June 19 and July 4 and July 24.

According to Communications Director Jer Bates, the Ogden School District served 53,124 lunches last year, with an average daily lunch participation of 1,252.

Weber School District’s program is similarly slated for a June 3 kickoff and will run through July 26 at all sites. Those sites include Burch Creek Elementary, Pioneer Elementary, Lakeview Elementary, North Park Elementary, Riverdale Elementary and Washington Terrace Elementary.

Lunch will be served at those locations from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sites will be closed June 17 and July 4, 5 and 24.

WSD’s community relations specialist, Lane Findlay, told the Standard-Examiner that Riverdale Elementary was added as a substitute site due to safety concerns at Roy Elementary amid the ongoing road construction on 5600 South.

Both programs are open to the community, including anyone living outside of school boundaries. There also will be purchase options for adults 19 and older.

District lunch sites must meet certain eligibility requirements to operate within the federal summer meal program. Chief among them: Fifty percent or more of the children in a school’s attendance or geographic area, as determined by census or other official data, must qualify for free or reduced-price school meals.


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