Local programs serve up healthy and nutritious meals for thousands of students in the community every year.
Last year, One True Light, a non-profit, served over 8,500 kids through their summer feeding program with their “grab-n-go.” This year, One True Light will continue to provide meals for kids throughout the summer.
Beginning June 1 and running through July 30, at various locations, kids can receive a free meal.
Krista Lolar with One True Light said they will serve a breakfast and lunch bag each day at each site.
“Children are provided a breakfast and lunch meal while at school,” Lolar said. “We want to be able to help provide those meals to them in the summer.”
There are four meal sites where youth can receive a meal.
Monday through Thursdays from:
• 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Emerson Elementary, located at 1200 W Hickory Avenue in Duncan.
• 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Parkview Baptist Church, located at 902 N 19th Street in Duncan,
across from the high school.
• 12:30 to 1 p.m. at Mark Twain Elementary, located at 2204 W Oak Avenue in Duncan.
• 12:30 to 1 p.m. at Elm Terrace Apartments, located at 206 E Elm Avenue in Duncan.
And Fridays from:
• 11:30 a.m to 12 p.m. only, at Parkview Baptist Church.
Similar to last year’s meals, the lunches will be the “grab-n-go” sack meals.
Aside from One True Light, Duncan Public Schools will host a meal program for youth as well.
The Duncan district will host a program which will provide children 18 and under with lunch for summer.
The program will offer free lunches for children beginning June 1 and continuing through Aug. 6.
Lunches will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Woodrow Wilson cafeteria on 700 E. Chestnut.
Becky Barnes, Child Nutrition Director, said the Duncan Public School district’s summer feeding program has served lunches for a few years.
“Families are able to count on a meal at lunch time for children 0 to 18 years,” Barnes said. “In past years, they have been able to come to Woodrow Wilson location and eat in school cafeteria.”
Meal pickup will be a grab-and-go style.
“During the past summer and this summer (due to COVID) they will be picking up hot meals at this site,” Barnes said. “Parents are welcome to purchase a meal for themselves also for $3.95.”
According to Barnes, the children receiving the meal are required to be with the parents and time of meal pickup.
“Children can also walk up and pick up meals for themselves,” Barnes said. “Cafeteria ladies will be available to take a count and bring meals out to them.”
According to Barnes, last summer the district served around 9,000 meals.
“We are so happy to be able to serve children all year round,” Barnes said.
Woodrow Wilson is located at 700 E Chestnut Avene in Duncan.
For more information, call 580-252-2492.