TUSD offers free summer meal program
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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Summer meal program
Tyler Verstl (from left), Joshua Vides and Monzerrat Ahumada eat their chili lunches at the Central Elementary School cafeteria Tuesday, June 4, as part of Seamless Summer, a program of free breakfasts and lunches for local children and teenagers.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Tracy Unified School District is offering a free breakfast and lunch program to children attending summer classes and residents 18 and younger.

The meals are available at five different school locations — Monte Vista Middle School, South/West Park Elementary School, North Elementary School, Central Elementary School, Jacobson Elementary School, and Institute for Global Commerce and Government.

The locations are chosen based upon where the greatest percentage of students receives free and reduced lunches, according to Valerie McDonald, director food services for TUSD.

The objective of the free meals is to assure that “no child goes hungry” during the summer months, McDonald said.

“I think the reason it is important for us to offer the program is that students learning over the summer need good nutrition to learn,” she said. “It’s important to have that available to them.”

According to educational statistics, children with the proper nutrition tend to have higher school attendance rates and test scores.

Lunch has proven to be the most popular, McDonald said, but it’s hard to predict how many children will participate in the program. Each meal alternates between a cold sandwich and hot meals, with a mandatory half a cup of vegetables or fruits of the child’s choice.

Those interested in participating don’t need to sign up. The only requirement to get a free meal is that the recipient is 18 years old or younger.

Funding the program is the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which reimburses TUSD for every meal.

For information on the Seamless Summer Program: 830-3255.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

Tracy Unified School District is offering free breakfast and lunch to Tracy children 18 and younger throughout the summer months. The meals will be at the following locations, times and dates:

Monte Vista Middle School, 751 W. Lowell Ave.

June 3–Aug. 2

8:30 to 9 a.m., noon to 12:30 p.m.

South/West Park Elementary, 501 Mount Oso Road

June 3–July 19

7:30 to 8:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

North Elementary, 2875 Holly Drive

June 3–July 19

8:30 to 9 a.m., noon to 12:30 p.m.

Central Elementary, 1370 Parker Ave.

June 3–July 3

8:30 to 9 a.m., noon to 12:30 p.m.

Jacobson Elementary, 1750 W. Kavanagh Ave.

June 3–13

8 to 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to noon

Institute for Global Commerce and Government, 1904 N. Corral Hollow Road

June 11–July 17

7:30 to 8:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

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June 06, 2013
Ornley, Please check your facts better before commenting. First of all, if your daughter was giving food to adults she wasn't paying attention when instructions were given on how to implement the program. Either that or she chose not to follow the rules. The only adults that should be eating are those who are actually helping run the program. Second, food is for children 18 and under in the community. There's only a half hour to serve the food so there's no time to check a child's economic status before letting them eat. Third, the summer program is not for the purpose of receiving funding to operate during the normal school year. The Food Service program operates in the black and it has nothing to do with summer feeding. Fourth, yes, there are dishonest people who take advantage of the programs that are out there and nobody likes supporting freeloaders but it's what our society has turned into. Perhaps you should write your local politician and have them figure out how to make sure people receiving benefits are truly needy instead of just handing money out freely. Last, children are not just dropped off. It's a meal program, not free babysitting.
June 06, 2013
I still can't believe that we can do this considering the financial state of this country. Sixteen trillion dollars in debt and we are giving free meals to anyone who ask as long as they are under 18 years old. It doesn't matter that the money comes from the US Department of Agriculture. It is our tax money being spent (given away) without regard to need. It is always easier to give away someone else's money other than your own.
June 06, 2013
Why do you care to gripe about this? Complain about the prison system instead.. they feed criminals 3 meals a day on the tax payer's dime, complain about the government officials that get daily allowances for meals and other expenses.. These are our children some of which get their only nutritious meal from their school. Take the time to think a little deeper before you complain about putting food in the mouth of our neediest children.
June 06, 2013

Don't really mind givin food ta kids who unfortunately live in a family that can't afford ta feed em properly.

But I do take umbrage ta simply handin it out free ta everyone, especially when I see many of those people drivin new expensive cars yackin it up on cellular devices costin hundreds of dollars while fritterin what's left of thair money on drugs, drinkin an generally livin th party life.

If ya fall inta that catagory ya deserve ta have yer kids taken away fer thair own good as yer not bein a very good parent by indulgin yerself with yer toys an personal entertainment while yer kids go ta school malnourished an hungry.

Th way th program works at present is that all kids, regardless of family economic stature, can get free food at school durin th normal school year an durin th summer months. Nice ain't it? Ya can live in a $450,000 average home in a nice community bringin down an income of $200,000 per year an drop th kid off ta get fed at th local school. Ya don't see anythang wrong with that? I do.

My daughter worked one of those programs durin th summer an it was then I larned th reason fer th summer food program was so that they didn't loose th finances so they could run th program durin th normal school year. As a result, anyone that showed up, child or adult, got a free meal an it was quite illuminatin ta see who showed up every day fer it.

Yeah, it's supposed ta be 18 or younger but in actual practice, left over food th kids don't eat gets scarfed up by th adults who, like crows, are always on th lookout ta get a free meal at someone elses expense.

Yep, it's a Federal program run by th Department of Agriculture all right. What that means though is that all of us Federal taxpayers are footin th bill.

Not against th program in general, just th lackadaisical way it's administered with no real accountability ta check people's economic status to see if they deserve assistance or not. Oh, that's right, we don't want ta stigmatize th poor an hurt thair feelins by embarassin them as we check inta thair economic status now do we? An we seriously wonder whair our nation's money gets spent? Really?

Help th poor? Yes, by all means, it's what we all should be doin. Help those who don't need it get a free meal? Not on yer life.

Ya just might say I am tired of th freeloadin parasites who can feed themselves an families spungin off th rest of us an literally stealin th food out of th mouths of those who desperately need it.

An while we're at it, lets do somethang about th all to easy ta obtain cellular telephones people can get fer free at taxpayer expense.

If yer not workin an just spongin off society an not makin any effort ta help yerself, when ya are physically an mentally able, ya don't need a cellular phone. It's really that simple.

Signed, a tax payin American Citizen, Ornley Gumfudgen. Not a Sueño or Norteño, two parasitic gang an criminal organizations that we don't need in our nation regardless of yer ethnicity or country of origin.
June 06, 2013
America has so much food that we sell it other countries, give it away, and throw it away.

Considering the amount of government subsidies Agribusiness gets to enjoy, I see no problem feeding hungry children.

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