Lunch in the summertime starts Monday at Clinton Elementary
District 56 will once again sponsor free lunch for summertime nutrition at Clinton Elementary School. Meals must be eaten on site, and all meals are free for anyone ages up to 18 years old. CES is at 800 West Chestnut St. in Clinton. Meals will be served Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on June 20-23, June 27-30, July 11-14, July 18-21 and July 25-28. This program is provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A statement about the summer meals program says, “Good nutrition is essential for learning in school. Continuing healthy eating habits is also important during the long hot summer months. “Eating nutritious foods helps ensure students retain their hard learned knowledge … and to help them to keep right on learning throughout the summer. For many of these children, summer vacation can bring the temptation of eating empty calorie snacks and foods that are high in sugar, fats and sodium; and for many others, summer exposes students to an increased risk of hunger and developmental decline. Make seasonal fruits and vegetables a high priority for your snacks, meals and anytime. “Summertime is a time to play hard ... but it is also a time to remember to eat right. Make sure good nutrition remains a priority all summer long, and students will return to school in the fall healthy, sharp and ready to learn.” For information, contact Cindy Jacobs, 864-938-2037.