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FORT SMITH SCHOOLS SERVE FREE SUMMER MEALS TO KIDS

Fort Smith Public Schools is serving an average of 1,100 free meals a day to kids this summer, the district’s child nutrition director said.

The district has served free meals to children, regardless of school or household income, through its Summer Meals Program since June 1 and will continue until Aug. 4. The program has provided meals for more than 10 years, Child Nutrition Director Phillip Garcia said.


 “No application — all they have to do is walk in the door,” Garcia said.


The kids do not necessarily have to be students at Fort Smith Public Schools — they just have to be 18 years old or younger.

Parents can eat breakfast for $2.50 and lunch for $3.50.


 “If we didn’t see growth, we wouldn’t have been doing it for 10 years,” Garcia said. “And the need is there.”


In the upcoming school year, the nutrition department will be looking into ways to get more high school students to eat breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria, Garcia said. High school students often do not eat cafeteria meals because of the stigma and their busy schedules.

Parent Anna Martinez comes with her children every summer, she said. The kids always enjoy the meals, and it helps her with budgeting.

Breakfast is served 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. every weekday at Carnall, Morrison, Pike, Spradling, Sunnymeade and Tilles elementary schools.

Lunch is served 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every weekday at Ballman, Carnall, Howard, Pike, Sunnymeade, Barling, Fairview, Morrison, Spradling, Tilles and Trusty elementary schools.

 

SERVES BREAKFAST

7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Monday - Friday
 

SERVES LUNCH

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
 
 
CARNALL
 
 
BALLMAN
2601 S. Q St.  
(479) 783-1280
 
 
MORRISON
3415 Newlon Road 
(479) 782-7045 
www.fortsmithschools.org/morrison/
 
 
BARLING
1400 D ST. Barling
(479) 452-0211
 
 
PIKE
4111 Park Ave. 
(479) 783-4506 
www.fortsmithschools.org/pike/
 
 
CARNALL
  2524 S. Tulsa St.   
 (479) 646-3612   
 
 
SPRADLING
4949 Spradling Ave. 
(479) 783-8048 
www.fortsmithschools.org/sprad/
 
 
FAIRVIEW
2400 S. Dallas St. 
(479) 783-3214 
www.fortsmithschools.org/fairview/
 
 

SUNNYMEDE
4201 N. O St. 
(479) 783-6327 
www.fortsmithschools.org/sunny/
 
  
HOWARD
1301 N. Eighth St. 
(479) 783-7382 
www.fortsmithschools.org/howard/
 
 
 
TILLES
815 N. 16th St. 
(479) 785-5606 
www.fortsmithschools.org/tilles/
 
   
MORRISON
3415 Newlon Road 
(479) 782-7045 
www.fortsmithschools.org/morrison/
 
 
 
   
PIKE
4111 Park Ave. 
(479) 783-4506 
www.fortsmithschools.org/pike/
 
  
 

SPRADLING
4949 Spradling Ave. 
(479) 783-8048 
www.fortsmithschools.org/sprad/
 
   
SUNNYMEDE
4201 N. O St. 
(479) 783-6327 
www.fortsmithschools.org/sunny/
 
 
 
TILLES
815 N. 16th St. 
(479) 785-5606 
www.fortsmithschools.org/tilles/
 
 
 
TRUSTY
3300 Harris Ave. 
(479) 783-7720 
www.fortsmithschools.org/trusty/