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MOUNT VERNON — With school out and the official start to summer just days away, many families in Knox County are struck with concerns for affordably feeding their children three meals a day. Fortunately, the Summer Food Service Program, funded through the United States Department of Agriculture, is able to provide free nutritious lunches at Riverside Park and Hiawatha Park five days a week.
All children, aged 18 months to 18 years old, are able to receive free lunches at the parks Monday through Friday, explained coordinator Deb Shultz. No paperwork is needed, she said, the only stipulation is for the lunches to be consumed at the park itself. Adults are able to purchase a lunch for $3.50, fellow coordinator Ellen Kaiser told the News.
The lunches are available at Riverside Park from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and at Hiawatha Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Approximately 200 lunches are served every day between the two parks, Shultz explained, with about 60 at Riverside and easily over 100 at Hiawatha.