Free Summer Meals for Kids Offered at CES

By Jayna Smith

Mrs. Susan Giles, left, will be preparing and cooking free breakfasts and lunches at CES for those 18 and younger.  She is pictured with school principal Mrs. Sue Carter.  (Photo by Jayna Smith)


Summer vacation for school-aged children is here, which means a much deserved break from their hard work in the classroom.  What won't change during the summer for the kids, however, is access to breakfast and lunch at Calais Elementary School, and best of all, it's free!

Now throughout summer, any child or teenager aged 18 or younger can stop into the school for a free breakfast and/or lunch.  "We are called an open-site, which means we provide breakfast and lunch for free," Principal Mrs. Sue Carter said.  "Every kid can come here and eat free.  It has nothing to do with income, there's nothing to fill out, it's 100% free."  

Breakfast is served Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 8:30 and lunch from 11:30 to 12:30.  "During the school year, students are guaranteed two meals a day at the school, but in the summer, they're not, so this is a way to provide to the opportunity to them," Mrs. Carter said.

Hot meals may be served, or cold, with a fresh fruit and vegetable bar available.  Even more, the healthy meals are provided in a safe, supervised location. 

"The program is federally funded (by the United States Department of Agriculture, USDA).  We're funding it right through our food services program at the school, so we get reimbursed from the state," Mrs. Carter explained.  

"This institution is an equal opportunity provider," she added.  There is no pre-registering or enrolling and zero cost to anyone 18 and younger.


There are many other area locations offering the program which are listed at  USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.