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Monmouth County Town to Offer Free Meals for Children This Summer

Most of us never worry about where our next meal will come from, but for a lot of people it’s a constant fear.

One local school district is hoping no child in need will go hungry this summer by offering free meals starting next week.

The program is provided by Keansburg School District, and is open to any school-age (pre-K to grade 12) resident of Keansburg.

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Students can go to Port Monmouth Road School for meals Monday-Thursday from July 1 – August 22. Breakfast will be available from 7:15 – 8:00 a.m, with lunch from 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Meals will also be available at Bolger Middle School Monday-Friday from July 1 – August 1. Breakfast there will be 7:00 – 7:45 a.m. and lunch 10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Residents do not need to register or sign up, they can simply go to either site during the times listed above. On-site staff will keep track of those who come for meals.

Port Monmouth Road School Principal Craig Palmer says the program has been run before, and there is a definite need for it in the area, ‘We have 70% of our students on free or reduced lunch with 90% of those on free.’

It’s definitely something all towns should consider, as it would give struggling families some relief from worrying about where their next meal will come from.

Should all towns have a program like this? Tell us in the comment section below!

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