GREENSBORO — As breakfast winded down at Deep River Parks and Recreation Center in High Point on Monday, North Carolina first lady Kristin Cooper moved from table to table talking with children and asking their opinion about the food.
Lunches? They’re about average, said Jaylen Carl, a rising sixth-grader who sounded happy about his experiences with the High Point Parks and Recreation camp so far.
With school out, so begins what has become another rite of summer: feeding programs like this one to ensure that children from low-income families still get nutritious meals.
With many sites across Guilford County and High Point, the federal Summer Food Service Program reimburses sponsors across the country that supply meals to children and teenagers.
At Deep River, meals are provided free for campers, but they’re also free for children who walk in off the street. The program serves about 80 students per day, which suited Cooper — she wanted to see one of the state’s larger feeding sites.
Even though the Summer Food Service Program has an unlimited mandate to reimburse sponsors for meals, it still serves just a fraction of students who get free or reduced lunch at school during the year.