SCSD 1 Provides Free Summer Lunches Again

A free summer lunch program will start next week for children ages 3 to 18 in the Tongue River Valley.

Sheridan County School District 1 will serve lunch from noon to 1 p.m. at the old Tongue River Elementary School for any child in need. The program starts Monday, and lunches will be served Mondays through Thursdays through Aug. 15.

The program started last year, and Jeremy Smith, who's business manager for School District 1, said the dates cover that time when school isn't in session.

In addition to school-aged children, the program will provide lunch to children who participate in the Tongue River Valley Community Center and Child's Place programs.

School District 1 expects to serve at least 100 children daily. About 39 percent of students in the Tongue River Valley are on the free and reduced-price lunch program.

Dennis Decker, who's the school district's food service director and chef, is running the program. All meals will include a main dish, fruits and vegetables, and Decker said some of the meat will be locally sourced.

Whenever possible during harvest season, he said, he will serve local produce from the new Tongue River Elementary School garden.