Free lunch program for kids in full swing

Free lunches will be provided all summer to children under 18 or special needs individuals who attend a state accredited school.

“St. Charles Parish Public Schools, in partnership with St. Charles Parish, offers summer meals programs to children and teens … within the community,” Teresa C. Brown, administrator of ancillary services for the school system, said. “This program is federally-funded, state administered and ensures children have access to nutritious meals and snacks when school is not in session. This is a vital program to ensure the children in our community have healthy food, regardless of their family’s economic resources.”

The St. Charles Parish Summer Food Service Program started today and will run until July 15. Lunches will be available Monday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and sites include St. Rose Elementary School – located 230 Pirate Dr. in St. Rose – and Carver Early Learning Center – located at 337 Gum St. in Hahnville.

“The summer food program provides a vital safety net service to families across St. Charles Parish by providing a daily, hot nutritious meal to students throughout the summer months,” Joan Diaz, parish director of community services, said adding that the program also received support from United Way of St. Charles and the parish’s general fund. “In past years, the program has served over 5,000 meals to youth throughout St. Charles Parish.”

There is no registration or fee required to receive the meals. For more information, contact St. Charles Parish Department of Community Relations at 985-764-7944.


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Roth has both her undergraduate and graduate degree in journalism, which she has utilized in the past as an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University and a reporter at various newspapers and online publications. She grew up in LaPlace, where she currently resides with her husband and three daughters.

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