June 21, 2019 Announcements

Summer Meal Program picks up for Sioux City Community School District

The summer may officially be kicking-off on June 21, but the Sioux City Community School District has been serving summer meals early.

Rich Luze, Director of Food Service for the District, spoke with KTIV’s Stella Daskalakis about the importance of the free summer meal program that began nearly 20 years ago with just a pair of site.

“We try and add a few sites every year, try to get spread out in the city as much as possible, wherever we can try and get in there and get the need, we try and fulfill that,” said Luze.

The program runs through July 27 for children ages 1-18, serving both breakfast and lunch.  Adults can also be served for a small fee.

Breakfast is served from 7:30 – 8:45 a.m., while lunch is served from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

To date, 25 sites are available for the meals, including a mobile food bus.

Luze said compared to previous years, the number of meals served is a little down. He said that could be everything from a word of mouth about the program to summer vacations beginning.

“It does pick up later in June and we just hope to get as many as we can, because we know the need is out there,” said Luze.

Luze said the federally funded program is incredibly important in the area because, for many of these children, this may be the only meal they receive during the day.

A full list of locations can be found here.

View full coverage by KTIV here.