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Summer food Service program offered this summer

DEMOPOLIS-Once again, this summer, the Demopolis Summer Food Summer Program will be offering free lunches for area students. The program will target students who may have working parents and are unable to get the nutritious meals they need during the summer months.

Evelyn James, of the Demopolis City Board of Education, said meals would be provided for all school age children in the city.

“All children ages 18 and under will be allowed to eat free,” James said. “We are trying to provide nutritious meals for children who wouldn’t normally get them during the summer.”

The program has been in effect for two years and has seen a strong response from children who were already at the school participating in camps or other extra curricular activities. James said they would like to remind other students that they would be welcome even if they were not already participating in programs at the school.

“We have done this or the past couple of years,” James said. “Normally we get a good response from the children in summer school and at the Theo Ratliff basketball camp. The meals are for any of the children who want to come, but normally, most of them come from schools and camps.”

The free lunches will be offered from June 6 until July 1 in the Demopolis High School cafeteria. Lunches will be served from 12:15 until 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.