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LPS Summer Food Program

LAWTON Okla_ Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child's need for good nutrition.

The Summer Food Service Program provides free meals to help Lawton children get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow, throughout the summer months when they are out of school. 

Any child up to age 18 can receive free meals through the program, sponsored by the Lawton Public Schools and operated by Sodexo. This summer, breakfast and lunch will be served at several Lawton schools.

"Most parents don't realize that this program is completely free," said Mark Coulter, general manager for the LPS Child Nutrition Program.  "It gives kids an opportunity to socialize with their friends in a safe, secure environment while receiving a nutritious meal."

Coulter emphasized that there is no application process and no eligibility guidelines for participation in the program.

Meals will be served at 19 sites this summer, including nine Lawton schools. Serving dates and times vary by site, although none will serve meals July 4 because of the Independence Day holiday. Not all sites will serve breakfast. Locations and serving times are:

Bethlehem Church, 602 NW Arlington Ave. Lunch served from 11:30 a.m.-noon June 3-July 19.

Boys & Girls Club, 1305 F Ave. Breakfast served from 8:30-9 a.m.; lunch from 12:15-12:45 p.m. June 3-July 19.

Brockland Elementary, 6205 NW Ferris Ave. Lunch served from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 3-July 19.

Cleveland Elementary
, 1202 SW 27th St. Lunch served from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 3-July 19.

Community Development Resource Center, 714 SW 45th St. Breakfast served from 8-8:30 a.m.; lunch served from 11:30 a.m.-noon June 3-July 19.

Elmer Thomas Park, 501 Ferris Ave. Lunch served from 11:30 a.m.-noon June 3-7.

Kids Zone, 711 NW 38th St. Lunch served from 11:30 a.m.-noon June 3-July 19.

Pat Henry Elementary, 1401 NW Bessie Ave. Breakfast served from 8-9 a.m.; lunch from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 3-July 19.

Lawton High School, 601 NW Fort Sill Blvd. Breakfast served from 8:30-9:30 a.m. June 3-July 25.

Lincoln Elementary, 601 SW Park Ave. Lunch served from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 3-July 19.

MacArthur High School, 4400 E. Gore Blvd. Breakfast served from 7:45-8:15 a.m. June 3-28.

Mercy Seat Ministry, 1105 NW 50th St. Lunch served from 11:30 a.m.-noon June 3-July 19.

Ridgecrest Elementary, 1614 NW 47th St. Lunch served from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 3-July 19.

Saint John's Church, 102 SW Seventh St. Breakfast served from 8:30-9 a.m.; lunch from 11-11:30 a.m. June 3-July 19.

Saint John's Missionary Baptist Church, 1504 SW N.H. Jones Ave. Lunch served from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 3-July 19.

B.C. Swinney Elementary, 1431 NW 23rd St. Lunch from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 3-July 19.

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Day Camp. Lunch served at the refuge headquarters from 11:30 a.m.-noon June 10-12.

Wilson Elementary, 102 NW 17th St. Lunch served from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 3-July 19.

YMCA Camp, 1601 SE 60th St. Lunch served from 11:30 a.m.-noon. June 4-July 19.

The Food and Nutrition Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, administers the Summer Food Service Program at the federal level. The Oklahoma State Department of Education administers the program at the state level. LPS contracts with Sodexo to operate the program locally.

The USDA reimburses the school system through the Oklahoma Department of Education for meals and other documented operating costs. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program are the same, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Complaints of discrimination should be addressed to: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or by calling 800/795-3272 or 202/720-6382 (TTY).

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