Free Summer Lunch Program

By: Dana Arquilla
By: Dana Arquilla

She may not be a teacher or an administrator, but for the past 18 years Fay Taylor has been serving Bay County students in a different manner.

Fay says, "We provide anybody who wants to come in and eat. I think it's a good idea for the children because some don't get the meal. They don't get to eat!"

Every summer, schools around the country participate in the Summer Food Service Program. It provides free lunches to summer school students, as well as other children under the age of 18.

"It gives them a chance to be with their friends that they don't see if we didn't have this."

A cold turkey sandwich, a juicy apple, and a bag of animal crackers may be just what many kids need to fuel them through the hot summer.

Fay says it's the kids' enthusiasm when they open their bag lunches that keeps her going.

"Seeing the faces of the children that come in, that's it. And they act excited; they're ready to eat."

Paid by the federal government and serviced by nurturing hands, this program helps keep kids happy and healthy. Meals are served Monday through Friday with reakfast at 7:15 to 7:45, and lunch at 11:45-12:15.


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