Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Now that school's out for summer, will school kids go hungry? Not if school districts all over Magic Valley can help it.
This summer in Twin Falls, between 2000 and 2500 kids are eating free lunches every day. The program just started for this summer.
Student Ryan Tirnousianu says, "Yeah, it is pretty good. Because I don't have to make my lunch at home, so I just come here."
But making lunches for all these kids isn't as simple as throwing any old food on a plate. These meals have to have fruits, vegetables, proteins, breads, and milk, and the kids have to eat their meals right away.
Lori Rieth with the Twin Falls School District says, "Because we don't want them to take it and leave it in their car, and then two hours later somebody's eating it. We also want to make sure that the child that meal is apportioned for gets the meal, and that it's not going to an adult or somebody else at any location."
The free summer lunches are for kids age one through 18. All they have to do is show up at the school or park where the lunches are being served.
What kind of different foods do the kids like?
McKenna Burk says, "Peanut butter and jelly, chicken."
Brody Osen says, "Cheese bread, taco salad, and a lot more stuff."
To find out when and where the free lunch program is in your town, call your local school district.
June 10, 2013.