Free summer meals for children continue

Seven Pulaski County Special School District schools distributed a total of 4,550 meals with 2,275 being breakfast and the other half being lunch to children in the county on Monday.

The meals are through a federal program known as “Seamless Summer Meals”  that the district has partnered with. The program will continue through the summer. Families, even if their children aren’t enrolled in a PCSSD school, can receive a weekly meal box. Pickup times are every Monday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The weekly meal boxes include five breakfasts and five lunches.

District spokeswoman Jessica Duff said Monday was an “overall great day” and that the district was looking forward to next week where they expect higher participation and more meal boxes picked up.

Pickup locations next week are:

  • Pine Forest Elementary: 400 Pine Forest Drive, Maumelle

  • Oak Grove Elementary: 5703 Oak Grove Road, North Little Rock

  • Harris Elementary: 4424 Highway 161 N, North Little Rock

  • Cato Elementary: 9906 Jacksonville-Cato Road, Sherwood

  • College Station Elementary: 4710 Frazier Pike, Little Rock

  • Landmark Elementary: 16712 Arch Street Pike, Little Rock

  • William Jefferson Clinton Elementary: 142 Hollywood Ave., Sherwood

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Meals will be similar to those made available to students when schools pivoted to virtual, so a five day box would include:

  • Five heat-and-serve prepared home meals

  • Five cups of vegetables

  • Five cups of different fruit

  • 10 ounces of grain items

  • 10 cartons of milk

  • Five prepared breakfast entrees

  • Five cartons of juice

A typical breakfast would then be a sausage biscuit, half cup fruit, 4 ounces of juice and 8 ounces of milk,” she said for breakfast, while lunch might be chicken alfredo, green beans, orange glazed carrots, whole grain roll, half cup of fruit and 8 ounces of milk.