Colonial’s Summer Feeding Program
With hot dogs straight off of the grill, hamburgers, and all of the fixings, Colonial hosted its first Annual WEBQ, a kick-off of the Summer Feeding Program. The federally subsidized program is run by the district’s Nutrition Services Division which prepared more than 32,000 meals last summer. The free meals are served at various locations throughout the district to children under the age of 18, and at a nominal fee for adults.
“Hunger doesn’t take a break over the summer,” said Nicete Moodie, a representative of the American Dairy Association. The association sponsored the cook-out that featured face-painting, kid-friendly activities and of course, lots of ice cold milk! While the free meal and beverages were a big attraction, the biggest of all were two special guests. Former Ravens player Qadry Ismail and former Eagles player Jason Avant signed autographs, tossed some footballs and got the kids moving with fun, physical activities.
“I want kids to recognize the importance of being active and also eating healthy so they can increase their brain function and make better decisions and live healthier lives,” said Avant.
This school year 12 of the 14 schools in Colonial served free breakfast and lunch, but next year all schools will implement the program. According to the Nutrition Services Division, 57% of Colonial’s students experience some type of food insecurity which heightens during the summer months when school is out. Sharon Hughart, a mother of four, said she appreciates the Summer Feeding Program and all that Colonial does to make certain children receive nutritious meals, especially over the summer break.
“I think it’s awesome! It costs a lot of money to feed kids during the summertime and knowing you can take them to get a good meal is very helpful,” Hughart said.
Robin Crossan, newly elected member of the Colonial Board of Education, is a former teacher and applauds the District for its Summer Feeding Program.
“It’s good for the community. I think everyone benefits who participates and Colonial is doing a great job helping people in real situations.”
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