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Covington Elementary cafeteria open to provide free summer meals to school-age kids


School may be out for the summer, but lunch time is still "in session" in South Sioux City, Nebraska.

On Monday a new program began to help make sure no one goes hungry this summer.

"It's really beneficial to the families because for one thing its free and another thing is is that they know they're kids are getting fed for the summer", says Ann Uhl, Supervisor at Dakota City Elementary.

It's summertime in South Sioux City, Nebraska, and for some children that means that lunch time might be on summer break, as well.

"It's to help those who may be in food deprived households, to be able to get food during the summer but also to just allow anybody to come and be able to eat maybe socialize a bit, see friends," said Kate Zebert, Food Service Director.

Nationally, about 15 million children are effected by poverty. Locally about 19% are effected in South Sioux City.

To help combat these statistics, the program offers free breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday. 

Its a product of the USDA's Summer Food Service Program-- administered by the Nebraska Department of Education.

"Our food is all pretty healthy because its under very strict guidance and the guidelines that follow for this program  are very much in that same well as far as the fresh fruits and vegetables and having more whole grains," said Zebert.

In addition to serving healthy options, the program also offers room for meals that kids will find appealing, like pizza on Fridays.

"Its most important that we have food that the kids will want to eat," said Zebert.

It's an opportunity for all children to stay energized while at play this summer.

"We would like to see a lot of people take advantage of this because we'd like to see this program continue," said Zebert.

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