Local School District Provides Free Lunches for Students


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) – Fayetteville Public Schools free summer lunch program has expanded this year.

Beginning Monday, June 4, anyone under 18 can now visit the Fayetteville Public Library for a free meal.

The previous locations, the Owl Creek School and and Yvonne Richardson Community Center will still be up and running.

According to FPS acting superintendent Dr. John Colbert, the program served an average of 400 students per day last year.

Colbert said he expects to serve around 600 per day this year.

“Connecting with existing summer youth programming to serve meals and snacks is the key to serving more kids healthy meals throughout the summer months,” said Ally Mrachek, director of child nutrition for FPS. “We love partnering with other entities who share the purpose of serving kids in our community, and it’s a win-win for all involved.”

All three locations will be open Monday through Friday beginning June 4 until Aug. 8.

The Owl Creek School on Rupple road will be open from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Yvonne Richardson Community Center from 11:30 a.m. to noon, and the Fayetteville Public Library from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.

All locations will be closed July 4.

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