Free dinner program expands to Peter Rich CenterA third site has begun serving free suppers to children in Superior. Last week, children ages 18 and younger were offered free suppers at the Peter Rich Center, 1201 N. Eighth St.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
A third site has begun serving free suppers to children in Superior. Last week, children ages 18 and younger were offered free suppers at the Peter Rich Center, 1201 N. Eighth St. The two other sites — Superior High School and Superior Middle School — have been serving free suppers to children since the start of the school year.
The free supper program began at the high school in October 2012 and grew to include the middle school in January, funded through the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
A short-lived supper program opened at Northern Lights Elementary in January, but only three children took part in it, according to Jeanne Hopkins, director of food services for the Superior school district. She said the Peter Rich site, which is open from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, served eight children its first day and has continued to grow. The high school program runs 3:05-6 p.m. and the middle school offers supper from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The meals are free for children; adults can purchase supper at any of the sites for $3.15.
Hopkins said the government shutdown has not yet affected the district’s food service program, which is funded through the federal Child Nutrition Programs. The Wisconsin Department of Education indicated to the district in a letter that the Child Nutrition Program should continue through October.