PESHTIGO — Stressing the importance of offering nutritious meals to children during the summer months, the Peshtigo School District announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, provides nutritious meals to children during the summer, when free and reduced-price school meals are typically unavailable. Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under. Persons over 18 years of age who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who also participate in a public or private non-profit school program during the regular school year may receive free meals as well.

The following locations serve the free meals this summer at the Peshtigo Elementary Learning Center. Breakfast and lunch will be served Monday, Wednesday and Friday until June 26. Distribution of meals are between 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No meals can be consumed on campus because of the COVID-19 school closure. Participants can enter through door 8 of the PELC. Meals are provided to eligible children regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service.

This program fills a void created when school lunches are not available. Helping parents meet the nutritional needs of their children is the strength of this program.

This column was written by Peshtigo School District Superintendent Patrick Rau. The EagleHerald has invited local superintendents to write occasional columns for our Community page, which focuses on their school district.