May 10, 2016
By Chris Grunert
During the school year, many families count on a school lunch (and maybe breakfast too) to feed their children. But in the summer time, that meal is no longer there, and that can put extra strain on families.
This summer, Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools is teaming up with local non-profits to provide free lunches to kids.
The program will run from June 13 to August 12 and aims to feed over 1,600 students.
Over 3,000 students in the CHCCS system are on free or reduced lunch.
Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger said this program is particularly needed this year because of the lack of summer school.
“There’s very little summer school going on, only for grades one through three this year and only for three weeks,” said Hemminger. “This is the longest summer we are going to probably ever have because of the state calendar and the way that it’s mandated, it’s a very long summer.”