The 2013 Summer Food Service Program will start Monday in Lawrence, providing free meals that meet federal nutrition guidelines to children ages 18 and under.
The program, which is funded entirely through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is intended to make sure children who get free or reduced-price meals during the school year do not go hungry during the summer.
In addition to the weekday meals, backpacks with weekend meals will be available on Fridays for 15 minutes at the end of each lunch time.
Meals will be available at seven locations in the Lawrence school district.
Last summer, the program served a total of 6,078 breakfasts and 35,288 lunches.
The program also offers meals for adults for a fee. The cost is $2 for breakfasts and $3.35 for lunches.
Four of those sites will serve both breakfasts and lunches from June 3 through July 26. Breakfasts are served from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Lunches are served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the following locations:
• The Boys and Girls Club at East Heights, 1430 Haskell Ave.
• Kennedy School, 1605 Davis Road.
• Cordley School, 1837 Vermont St.
• Pinckney School, 810 W. Sixth St.
In addition, lunches only will be served at three other locations from June 3 through Aug. 9:
• Broken Arrow Park, 28th and Louisiana St., 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• South Park, 12th and Massachusetts, noon to 1 p.m.
• East Lawrence Center, 1245 E. 15th St., noon to 1 p.m.
The meal sites will be closed Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5.