Hunger doesn't take a vacation when school lets out for the summer.
To ensure that any child who is hungry can receive a nutritious meal, the Murray School District provides free meals during the summer to anyone 18 or younger at two locations: Parkside Elementary School, 495 E. 5175 South, and Hillsdale Park, 3290 S. 3200 West. Hillsdale Park, located in West Valley City, was adopted by Murray School District because the children in that area weren't being served by a school district.Meals are served on weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through Aug. 12.
Judy Grint, supervisor of child nutrition for Murray School District, believes that every child has the right to a healthy meal.
"Many children find themselves in difficult situations through no fault of their own," said Grint. "This wonderful program equalizes things for all kids. It's tough for children to enjoy playing or learning when they are hungry. Taking care of their basic need for food improves their attitudes toward everything."
Nearly 800 children of all ages regularly eat lunches through this federally funded program.
Because the two areas of Murray fit federal guidelines, the sites are considered "open sites." This means that anyone younger than 18 who goes to Hillsdale Park or to Parkside Elementary may receive a free lunch without any questions asked. Adults who would like a meal are charged $2.25.
A person doesn't need to live in the Murray area to receive the free lunch.