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Children in Sevier County can be assured of one nutritious meal daily during the summer months. Perhaps best of all, the daily meal will be free.

The county qualified for a federally funded free meal program because more than 50 percent of the families in the Sevier School District were eligible for free or reduced-price meal benefits during the past school year. But it was emphasized that all children, regardless of family income, may participate in the program.Karen Pace, director of the school district's child nutrition program, explained that all youngsters 18 years of age and under may receive the free meals because the district meets the federal eligibility criteria.

The program calls for serving free meals through Aug. 9 at 14 locations throughout the county.

Meals will be prepared at the Ashman Elementary School cafeteria in Richfield under the supervision of Ileen McBride and served at the following times and locations:

- 11:30 a.m.: Richfield Lions Park, Glenwood City Park, Central City Park and Elsinore City Park.

- 11:45 p.m.: Aurora City Park.

- noon: Ashman Elementary, Salina American Legion Park and Monroe Elementary.

- 12:15 p.m.: Richfield Rotary Park.

- 12:30 p.m.: Koosharem Elementary School, Venice LDS Church and Joseph City Park.

- 12:45 p.m.: Redmond City Park.

"Children must be on time, eat the meal at the site and follow the adult supervisor's directions," Pace said. "No other activities, such as day care or other child supervision, will be available at the feeding locations."

Parents may purchase remaining meals for $2.25 each after all children are fed.