Craven County School District expands summer meal program

CRAVEN COUNTY, NC (WITN) School is out for summer break and while that may be great news for students, it can put a strain on already struggling parents who now have to cover two meals for their kids that schools usually handle.

Monday one school district in the east kicked off its summer meal program.

Three schools in Craven County will now serve as centers for meals for kids all the way up to 18-years-old.

The meals are free and officials say the kids don't have to be Craven County School students to take part.

The summer meal program has also expanded this year to not only cover breakfast and lunch, but dinner as well.

School district officials made the decision to expand the meal program after seeing an increase in need.

Jennifer Wagner, Craven County Schools Communications Director says, "It's really important because we found out that not only are our students hungry for lunch during the break that they have, but also they need of course breakfast and dinner so we wanted to make sure that we had this special opportunity for them."

The summer meal program runs through August 15th and students can find cafeterias serving up hot food at Trent Park Elementary, Havelock High School, and West Craven High School.

Summer meal programs also take place in a number of other counties in the east and you can find one near you by clicking on the related link.