Summer Meals Are Back


Gardner-Edgerton School District is once again is excited to offer the Summer Food Service Program to area youth. The Summer Food Service Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by Kansas State Department of Education, provides nutritious meals to children during the summer.

During the school year, nearly half of the children in Kansas qualify for reduced-price or free meals. The goal of the Summer Food Service program is to ensure children continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations when the low-cost or free school meals are no longer available.

Over the past seven years, thousands of meals have been served to community children. Last summer, the participating Gardner Edgerton schools served more than 29,000 meals in nine weeks.

“Unfortunately, nutritional needs for kids don’t stop when school is out. Our program helps parents and caregivers bridge the gap over summer break by providing healthy, fresh meals to our community’s children,” said Amy Droegemeier, director of Nutrition Services. “We want our school sites to continue to be a place where kids gather to see their friends and enjoy a meal together.”

The program provides FREE meals for all children 1 to 18 years of age. Persons over 18 years of age may also dine at any of the sites for a minimal fee. The following locations in the District will be serving FREE meals this summer.

Edgerton Elementary School: Monday, June 4 – Friday, August 3

Lunch 11-12:15 pm / Dinner (Tuesdays only) 5-6:30 pm

Trail Ridge Middle School: Monday, June 4 – Friday, August 3

Breakfast 7:30-8:30 am / Lunch 11 am-1 pm

Wheatridge Middle School: Monday, June 4 – Friday, August 3

Breakfast 7:30-8:30 am / Lunch 11 am-1 pm