The Brookfield Summer Feeding Program is providing about 100 breakfasts and 100 lunches a day – free to children ages 18 and under and at low costs to adults.
“It’s more than I thought it would be,” Supt. Toby Gibson said after relating the numbers to the school board June 26.
The program is funded by the federal government under a program called the Seamless Summer Option of the National School Lunch Program. This is the first year it has been held in Brookfield.
The program has benefited from activities held at the school, including Success By Six, the Youth Intensive Services Summer Camp and the Youngstown State University Afterschool Summer Program, Gibson said.
He said he expects participation to drop in July, and then pick back up when athletic practices and band camp begin in August.
Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. weekdays, and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Adults pay $1.80 for breakfast and $3.25 for lunch, and the district publishes menus on its website. There are no income eligibility requirements, said district Treasurer Jordan Weber.
“You can live two states away and just walk in and get meals,” Weber said.
Gibson said parents have come in and eaten a meal with their children.
“This is a great program,” said school board member Sarah Kurpe.
The last day meals will be offered is Aug. 18.
Questions can be directed to 330-448-5021.