How-Winn’s free summer meals due to start in July
Wed, 05/11/2022 - 2:29pm admin
—Due to construction, no meals in June
Marcie Klomp ~ News Editor email@example.com
CRESCO - Nutrition Director Cheryl Dickman is starting the Howard-Winneshiek CSD’s annual free summer meals on July 5 through July 29.
With the addition being constructed between the K-8 and high school buildings, the power will be shut off to the entire complex from May 23 until at least July 1, and possibly later depending on progress.
Dickman tried to find an alternate venue to serve breakfasts and lunches to area children, ages 0-18 in June, with little luck.
You can visit www.nokid hungry.org/help to find a location nearby that will be serving June meals.
Starting July 5
Pending electricity being turned on by July 1, meals will be served from the Crestwood K-8 cafeteria starting July 5 — Breakfast from 8-9 a.m. and Lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. There is no registration or application required.
For the past two years, the district was able to hand out sacks with meals in Cresco, as well as in Elma and Lime Springs because of pandemic waivers.
“During the summers of 2020 and 2021, we averaged approximately 8,500 lunches and breakfasts per week during peak summer times,” Dickman explained.
“Due to changes at the federal level, we are no longer able to offer grab and go, delivery, parent pickup or multi-day meals. They must be consumed on site, such as how it took place pre-pandemic,” she added.
Dickman talked about the importance of filling out the Free and Reduced paperwork.
Meals will not be free for everyone as they have been. The Waiver that helped provide free meals will expire June 30.
Paper work will be included in the registration packet or, if registering on-line, the form will be on-line.
It is very important to fill out the Free and Reduced forms to qualify for free or reduced priced meals and school fees.
The more free and reduced students in the district, the better chance that all students will benefit from free meals for future summers.
Dickman said 2023 should be back to pre-pandemic normal, with meals being served, starting in June, and the Wisdom & Wellness Program taking place.
“Even though we can’t feed children in June this year, we are still dedicated to serving them and the community. The meals are always healthy, tasty and follow USDA’s nutrition guidelines,” she stated.