Feeding continues over the summer

Feeding continues over the summer for BCPS students
Posted on 06/01/2021
Morganton, NC – Monday, June 1, 2021

Burke County Public Schools and Chartwells K12 will offer free breakfast and lunch this summer with a new style of weekly meal kit bundles. These meal kits will include fresh ingredients for a delicious, healthy lunch to be cooked at home every day. Each week, the meal kit will revolve around one of four themes: American Classics, Taste of Italy and South of the Border Chicken and South of the Border Beef weeks. These themes include meals like beef enchiladas, beef-a-roni, homemade fries and zucchini boats. Recipes included in each bundle will walk students step-by-step through preparation of each meal. In addition, there will be videos from Nick Bobotas, assistant director of dining services, to help demonstrate some of the recipes.

Feeding during Summer Learning Camps

From June 7 to July 23, BCPS students attending Summer Learning Camp will be fed breakfast and lunch at school in the cafeteria. These students can sign up at school to receive three-day meal kits that follow the same themes and recipes. Covering Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the three-day meal kits will also include fresh ingredients that will be prepared into meals for lunch. Recipes will be included in each bundle. Students who aren’t in Summer Learning Camp will pick up meal kits from Heritage Middle School or Mountain View Elementary School from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Meal coverage during July 4th holiday

No meals will be given on July 3 or 4 and July 10 or 11 in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. Since Summer Learning Camp is closed July 5-9, students will take home12 meals on July 1. These meals cover breakfast and lunch for the weekdays of July 2-9. Students not attending Summer Learning Camp pick up 16 meals on June 30. These meals cover breakfast and lunch for the weekdays of June 30 through July 9.

Feeding once Summer Learning Camp is complete

After July 26, Heritage Middle School and Mountain View Elementary School will offer meals from the cafeteria daily Monday through Thursday. Meal kits are available to take home for weekends. The BCPS Food Truck will also go out on Wednesdays to sites across Morganton; the sites are Hillcrest Elementary School, PPG Paint Store, and Walker Road Baptist Church. These dates are July 28, Aug. 4 and Aug. 11.

For students not in Summer Learning Camp who want to pick up meal kit bundles, a sign-up form is available on the BCPS website homepage under the icon “Summer Meals Request”. For any questions, please contact BCPS Child Nutrition at (828) 439-4320.

Daniel Wall, BCPS director of child nutrition, said, “We’re so glad we have the opportunity to feed more students this summer and in a new, fun way. These meal kits will let students enjoy fresh and nutritious meals every day this summer. We’re also giving students an opportunity to learn how to use food to cook delicious meals.”

Interim Superintendent Mike Swan said, “The child nutrition staff in all of our cafeterias went above and beyond to make sure students were fed whether we were in school this past year or learning remotely and that will not change over the summer. We’re so thankful for all of the hard work that is going into keeping students fueled and ready to learn, play and have fun this summer.”
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