Summer lunch program approved for students

The Clarion-Goldfield-Dows CSD last week received approval for the federal Food and Nutrition Service’s Summer Food Service Program. With the program, the district will be able to serve free meals to minors for 39 days during the summer.

“Because our rural schools are changing so much, we have more than 50 percent of our students who are free and reduced, classified as poverty—and that number keeps increasing,” said Dr. Bob Olson, superintendent.

A school district must have a certain percentage of families receiving free and reduced lunch to qualify for the SFSP. In the 2016-17 school year, an income of $31,590/year or less for a family of four meant their children can receive free meals from the federal school lunch program.

The district will serve lunches at four locations. The main meal will be served at the C-G-D high school. Other locations will provide sack lunches, including the Goldfield building, Clarion Aquatic Center, and Dows Swimming Pool. Meals are free for all individuals age 18 years or younger. Adults may also eat at a price $3.55 per meal. Meals will be served starting Monday, June 12 through Friday, August 4, every Monday through Friday with the exception of July 4. Serving hours will be between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.


See the May 18 Monitor for more information.