No Registration Required for Food Program

No applications or registrations are needed for teens and children to participate in the Tongue River Valley Summer Food Program that starts next week.

Jeremy Smith, who's business manager for Sheridan County School District 1, said all the children need to do is show up when meal service starts. Meals will be served from noon to 1 p.m. at the old Tongue River Elementary School – now called the Tongue River Learning Center – and the program is for all children from ages 3 to 18 years.

The program is provided through School District 1, and Smith said this is the second year it's being provided.

Meal service starts Monday and will be from Mondays through Thursdays through Aug. 15.

Smith said the summer meals program is made available through the National School Lunch program. He said the federal program has been out for quite a while but hasn't been overly utilized in Wyoming.

He said the school district deliberately started out slowly last year, but by the end of summer, between 80 and 100 children were being served a day. This year, the district is expecting to provide meals for at least 100 students a day.

Smith said the school district partners with Tongue River Child's Place and the Tongue River Valley Community Center, and help also comes from AmericaCorps VISTA volunteers.