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Schools to serve summer meals

One area school will offer a delivered sack lunch as part of their summer meals program for kids.

Alma School District will start a new sack lunch program in partnership with Airedale Book Express, the mobile library that travels Alma during the summer months bringing books to area children, said Debbie Steward, food service director for Alma School District.

Book Express runs every Wednesday in June and July, making stops throughout the day. Now it will carry not only books for kids to choose, but a sack lunch for every hungry child, Stewart said.

Jami Balkman, literacy specialist for Alma School District, runs the Book Express. One day, after running out of the usual “prizes” she gives kids who use the bookmobile, Balkman handed out granola bars, Stewart said.

When kids started asking for the snacks instead of the toys, that led to a discussion of sending a lunch along with the books, she said.

Balkman will start with 80 meals that meet the national school lunch requirements, with more being delivered to the bookmobile along its route if necessary, Stewart said.

Airedale Book Express will make stops along the following schedule: The Graphic store at 9:20 a.m.; Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranch at 9:45 a.m.; the Rudy store at 10:40 a.m.; Alma Garden Apartments at 11:20 a.m.; Fire Station No. 3 on Collum Lane at 12:30 p.m.; Harris Addition at 1:15 p.m.; Dyer City Hall at 2 p.m.; and the Boys and Girls Club of Alma at 2:45 p.m.

Alma School District also will serve breakfast and lunch to students attending Camp Airedale June 3-20 Monday-Thursday.

Cedarville School District will provide free breakfast and lunch to children 18 years and younger as part of their Seamless Summer Feeding Program. Summer meals will be offered Monday-Friday from June 3 to August 2. Breakfast will be 7:45-8:45 a.m. and lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

All adults including visitors and school personnel must pay full cost of the meal, $1.75 for breakfast and $3 for lunch.

Van Buren will serve breakfast and lunch to kids 18 and younger at both King Elementary and the Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren. Meals will be served June 4 to July 26, except for the July 4 holiday.

Breakfast will be 7:30-8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 to noon. Adults must pay $2.50 for breakfast and $3.50 for lunch.

Mulberry-Pleasant View School District will serve lunch and breakfast to students attending summer school June 3-27, Monday-Thursday.

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