Williston Public School District No. 1 is going to again offer free lunches for children this summer.
The district’s summer feeding program started last year and Lynelle Johnson, food services director told the District 1 school board Monday evening that she was excited that it would continue.
“It was probably the most rewarding thing that I’ve done in 25 years,” she said.
There will be again be three locations this year, though one of those locations has changed. The lunch will be available for anyone 18 and younger from 11 to 11:35 a.m. at the Williston Garden Apartments, 10 42nd St. E, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Housing Authority Park on 18th Street West and from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. at Bakken Elementary, 502 W. Highland Drive.
The program starts immediately after the end of school and runs through the beginning of August. Lunches will be available weekdays from May 29 through Aug. 3, excluding July 2 through 6.
This year the district was able to get grant money to pay for the meal of an adult who accompanies a child to the lunch program. Otherwise, adults can buy a meal for $4.
The lunches are available for anyone younger than 18, whether they attend school in District 1 or not.
In addition to the food, churches, community groups and the NDSU Extension will have activities for children.
Last year, the program averaged about 150 kids a day. Johnson told the board she hoped that would grow to 300 a day this year.
“It was a great program,” Johnson said. “It was fun to do and fun to see the kids come to the park.”
For more information, email Lynelle.email@example.com or call 701-713-7485.
“We are excited to make this program available this summer and hope to continue for summers to come,” Johnson said.