Worthington Schools

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Free Summer Meals Program

  • Worthington City Schools is pleased to announce the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for Children.

    • FREE MEALS will be made available to children enrolled in the Summer School or Summer Intervention Program and the first 25 children in the community on a first come, first served basis at Worthington Estates Elementary School.
    • FREE BREAKFAST will be made available at Phoenix Middle School for students enrolled in summer programs or children in the community.  This is an open site.

    Meals will be available to children 18 years of age and under or children over 18 who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled.

    MEALS WILL BE PROVIDED AT WORTHINGTON ESTATES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL    
    6760 Rieber St. Worthington, Ohio 43085
    Summer School Breakfast (10:00 to 10:30 a.m.) from June 5-30.
    Summer School Lunch (12:15 to 12:35 p.m.) from June 5-30.
    Summer Intervention: Lunch Only (11:30 a.m. to 12:15 pm) from June 5-30.

    BREAKFAST WILL BE PROVIDED AT PHOENIX MIDDLE SCHOOL
    2341 Snouffer Road. Worthington, Ohio 43085
    Breakfast (9:45 to 10:15 a.m.) from June 5-30.

    For additional information, call the Food Service Department at (614) 450-6140. There will be an attendance sheet in the cafeteria for children not attending Summer School or the Summer Intervention Program at Worthington Estates.  USDA is an equal opportunity provider.


    Frequently asked questions & answersImage of food tray

    What is the summer breakfast and lunch program?
    During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch meals.  When school is out, many of these families do not have the resources to provide healthy, nutritious meals to their children. Lack of nutrition in the summer may set up a cycle for poor performance once school begins again.  The summer breakfast and lunch program is one way to fill the nutrition gap for many of our children.

    What qualifications must be met for children to participate in the summer breakfast and lunch program?
    Worthington Estates Elementary  School will be hosting an open, restricted site this summer.  Free meals will be made available  to  children 18 years of age and under or persons over 18 who are determined by  a state or local public educational  agency to be mentally or physically disabled.  The meals will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service.  The site will be open from June 5 to June 30.  Meals will be served to students enrolled in summer school or summer intervention and the first 25 children in the community on a first come, first served basis.   

    Phoenix Middle School will be hosting an open site this summer. Free breakfast will be made available  to  children 18 years of age and under or persons over 18 who are determined by  a state or local public educational  agency to be mentally or physically disabled.  The meals will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service.  The site will be open from June 5 to June 30. Breakfast will be served to children in the community and to students enrolled in summer programs.

    Do children or parents need to register to participate in the summer breakfast and lunch program?  
    Registration for the summer school or summer intervention program at Worthington  Estates Elementary School is required. Registration is required for the summer programs at Phoenix Middle School.   Please contact your child’s school for more information. The registration for the program entitles children  to receive the free breakfast and/or lunch program.  The first 25 children from the community who wish to eat a nutritious breakfast or lunch need to come to Worthington Estates at the times listed above. Phoenix Middle School is an open site, so all community children are welcome at the site for breakfast at the times listed above.

    The rules are simple:

    1. Adults may not eat off of a child’s plate.
    2. All meals must be eaten at Worthington Estates Elementary School or Phoenix Middle School; meals cannot be taken off site.
    3. Meals are provided only to children.

    Was the summer breakfast and lunch program mandated by the State of Ohio?
    No. The summer breakfast and lunch program was not mandated by the State of Ohio. The Food Service Department at  Worthington Schools wants to provide healthy, nutritious meals to children.

    How is the summer breakfast and lunch program funded?
    The summer breakfast and lunch program is funded by the Food Service Department through the USDA School Meals Program.  The general fund of Worthington City Schools does not provide funding for this program.

    How will the summer breakfast and lunch program promote proper eating habits?
    The Food Service Department promotes proper eating habits by:

    • Purchasing nutritious foods
    • Purchasing and preparing foods to limit the amount of fat, saturated fat, and sugar
    • Offering high-quality proteins, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables on the menu
    • Providing low-fat dairy products 

    Non-discrimination statement:  The meals will be provided without regard  to race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should immediately write to the USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (voice).  Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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