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SCHOOLS UPDATE FREE SUMMER MEAL SITES BEGINNING MONDAY

Written by The Bee

June 11, 2020

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BULLHEAD CITY – The Bullhead City Elementary and Colorado River Union High School District free summer meal program is adjusting locations on Monday (June 15).  Dropping one site and consolidating with another is based upon usage, district officials said.

The drive-through grab-and-go meal location at Sunrise Elementary School off the Bullhead Parkway will be consolidated with the existing site at Fox Creek Junior High School, also off the Bullhead Parkway.  

  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s free summer food service program is available to all children and teens 18 and under, including recent graduates, three days a week at three different sites.

In Bullhead City, meals will now be served at Desert Valley Elementary School and Fox Creek Junior High School, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Monday meals will be boxed for Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday meals will be for Wednesday and Thursday, and Friday meals will be only for Friday.  

At River Valley High School in Mohave Valley, meals will be served from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.   Monday meals will be boxed for Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday meals will be for Wednesday and Thursday, and Friday meals will be for Friday and Saturday.

Meals for the two Bullhead City schools will continue through June 30.  River Valley’s program ends June 26.  Children who had been getting meals at Sunrise may choose any location, not just Fox Creek.

Meals are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age (up to 18).  There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

The USDA allowed the summer meal program to launch early during the State-mandated school closures in mid-March.  For the next two months, more than 76,300 free meals were served to Bullhead City Elementary and Colorado River Union High School District students at school pick-up sites and neighborhood drop-off locations.  Officials from both districts said that they were pleased by the number of children who received the free meals during the campus shutdowns and want to ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.  Since the summer program started June 1, more than 5,200 meals have been served.  Chartwells Schools Dining Services, the food service vendor for both BCESD and CRUHSD, is again overseeing the summer meal program.

Parents in BCESD and CRUHSD with questions may call the school district offices during regular business hours.

Other area public school districts, including Clark County (Laughlin schools), Mohave Valley Elementary and Topock Elementary, will also be providing similar free summer meal programs through the USDA.  Needles Unified School District’s program is through Firehouse Ministries.  Those districts have information available for their interested parents.

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