City Offers Children Free Summer Lunch Program at Schools and Centers

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday June 22, 2007

In addition to the free Universal Breakfasts that Berkeley Unified will be serving children in the city all summer, the city will be treating them to free lunches. 

The city will be providing one free meal a day to kids in South and West Berkeley at three public schools and community centers. Rosa Parks Elementary School, Washington Elementary School and Longfellow Middle School will be providing lunch along with the Francis Albrier Recreation Center, the Black Repertory Theater and Berkeley Youth Alternatives at Strawberry Creek. 

Berkeley Technology Academy (B-Tech) and Berkeley High School students will go to Washington for lunch. 

“Like the Universal Breakfast that feeds Berkeley students during the school year, all children are served, and families do not have to qualify for the Free and Reduced program,” said BUSD spokesperson Mark Coplan. 

“No child has to be enrolled in our program or our schools to participate.” 

The three schools that will be serving breakfast are: Thousand Oaks Elementary School, Cragmont Elementary School and Willard Middle School. King Middle School canceled its breakfast program because they will not have a summer school this year. 

The city program is already serving lunch every day Monday through Friday (except holidays) until August 10 when their summer program ends.  

The BUSD breakfast program will be held throughout summer school, June 20 to July 18.  

Contact person for the city for information or to volunteer for their summer program: Ginsi Bryant (981-5147).