Thousands of Montgomery students expected to get meals during summer

School is out for the summer, but free meals for students from needy families will continue at more than 115 locations across Montgomery County.

The program delivered more than 200,000 meals last summer and expects to serve as many or more this year, said Marla Caplon, director of food and nutrition services for Montgomery schools.

Caplon said that by July, when the program is in full swing, about 10,000 students a day are expected to get meals through the effort, funded by the Agriculture Department.

“We know we have kids who on rely on school meals — breakfast, lunch, after-school snacks and suppers,” she said. “When school is over, this is a way children can receive healthy meals during the summer months.”

The program is mostly offered at locations where camps, recreation programs and summer schools serve large numbers of students eligible for the free and reduced-price meals program.

Because some students are not involved such camps or school activities, there are also 10 walk-in sites that serve meals, Caplon said.

The walk-in sites are open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include Fox Chapel, Gaithersburg, Maryvale and Whetstone elementary schools.

Other walk-in locations are Argyle, Roberto Clemente and Francis Scott Key middle schools; Montgomery Blair and John F. Kennedy high schools; and Millian Memorial UMC Church in Rockville.

According to the most recent figures, 35.6 percent of the Montgomery County students are eligible for the meals program, a number that has been on the rise.

Donna St. George writes about education, with an emphasis on Montgomery County schools.

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