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Free Summertime Lunch Program Helps Needy Kids

Hungry children may have a free lunchtime option this summer with the help of local schools.

For the fourth consecutive year, Pinnacle Charter School will participate in the Summer Food Service Program, a federal program sponsored by the Colorado Department of Education. Free nutritious meals are provided to all children 18 and younger during the summer in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children. There is no registration or forms required. Parents accompanying their children also have the option to purchase a meal for only three dollars.

In the past three years, Pinnacle Charter School has served more than 14,951 meals through their summer program and hopes to increase meals served in 2012. Pinnacle Charter School is authorized by the Colorado Charter School Institute, a statewide charter school authorizer with more than half of their students within their portfolio qualifying for free and reduced price meals.

“As the summer school break rapidly approaches, many families may worry that they cannot provide healthful meals for their kids. This program provides a financial benefit for families that may not have other options, which is helpful especially with the rising cost of food,” says Amanda Spaeth, Nutrition Coordinator at the Colorado Charter School Institute.

Lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning June 1 through July 31 in the Pinnacle Charter School Cafeteria located at 1001 W. 84th Avenue in Federal Heights. The program will not be open on July 4. All children and parents are welcome to participate.

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