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Free meals available for kids this summer

Several Crawford County schools and after-school programs are offering free meals for kids this summer.

Alma, Cedarville and Van Buren school districts, along with the Boys and Girls clubs of both Alma and Van Buren are providing free breakfast and lunch to any child under the age of 18 throughout the summer.

Cedarville will provide busing as part of its program, scheduled Monday-Friday for June 9-Aug. 8. Breakfast will be 7:45-8:45 a.m. and lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. It will be closed July 3 and 4.

Four bus stops are designated for transportation to and from the high school cafeteria, where the meals will be served.

Bus stops are the Natural Dam store and Uniontown store, with breakfast pickup at 8 a.m. and return at 9:30 a.m., and lunch pickup at 11:45 a.m and return at 1:15 p.m; and the corner store across from Crawford County Speedway and Cedarville Baptist, with breakfast pickup at 8:15 a.m. and return at 9:15 a.m., and lunch pickup at noon and return at 1 p.m.

For more information call the Cedarville High School cafeteria at (479) 922-6137.

Van Buren School District will be providing meals to kids June 9-July 25 at two spots: Central Elementary School and the Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren.

Meals will be provided at both locations Monday-Friday, except for July 4, for the duration of the program. The Boys and Girls Club will serve meals an additional week, through Aug. 1. Snacks will also be provided.

Breakfast will be served 7:30-8:30 a.m. and lunch 11:30-12:30.

Alma is also providing two ways for kids to eat free this summer, one through the school district’s bookmobile program and the other through the Boys and Girls Club of Alma.

Alma School District will provide sack lunches June 11-July 30 on Monday and Wednesday through its Airedale Book Express mobile library, with a different schedule each day.

On Monday, the bookmobile will stop at the Graphic store at 9:15 a.m., Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranch at 9:40 a.m., Mountain Grove Road at 10:30 a.m., First Baptist Church at 11:15, Alma Garden Apartments at 12:30 p.m., Railroad and Spring streets at 1 p.m., Garden Walk Apartments on Harris Drive at 1:30 p.m. and Dyer City Hall at 2 p.m.

On Wednesday, the stops will be Sunrise Mobile Home Park at 9:15 a.m., Rudy store at 9:40 a.m., Collum West subdivisions at 10:30 a.m., Fire Station No. 3 on Harrell Street at 11:15, Alma Garden Apartments at 12:30 p.m., Railroad and Spring streets at 1 p.m., Garden Walk Apartments on Harris Drive at 1:30 p.m. and the Boys and Girls Club of Alma at 2 p.m.

Alma Club will serve breakfast and lunch to any child 18 and under during its summer program June 16-Aug. 15. Serving times are not yet set. Contact the Club at (479)632-2070 for more information.

Parents can enjoy meals with their children at any of the above programs except the bookmobile at a less than $3 for breakfast and less than $4 for lunch.

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