Summer Free Lunch Program in Moscow

MOSCOW, ID - Last week we told you where kids in the L-C Valley can get free lunch while school is out for the summer.

Tonight we take a look at the Summer Lunch Program in Moscow that's feeding hundreds of kids every day of the work week.

Moscow School District's Director of Student Nutrition Services Mimi Pengilly decided to put together a Summer Lunch Program in 2012.

"I guess I had some parents who weren't sure how they were going to feed their kids in the summer," said Pengilly.

The program caught on quick. Pengilly said last year they served an average of about 165 students a day, which is about twice the amount of kids they saw during their first year.

"It's not only for low income kids," said Pengilly. "Anybody can come and eat lunch."

Everyone 18-years-old and younger is eligible for a free lunch. If parents want to join the kids for a meal, they'll have to pay $3.75.

"It gives kids kid of a nice outing that they can do with their friends, and it doesn't single out kids who may have lower incomes," said Pengilly.

And when it comes to the menu

"Chicken patties, and they get watermelon and carrots and celery," said cook.

"During the summer, we really focus on easy to prepare, kid favorites," said Pengilly.

Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 till 12:30... and the Summer Lunch Program will continue until August 15th.

There are two summer lunch locations in Moscow, one is near West Park School at Ghormley Park, and the other is at The Eggan Youth Center on East 'D' Street.