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Free meals available this summer for Tahoe-Truckee youth

Margaret Moran
mmoran@sierrasun.com

Free nutritious meals will be offered this summer to children 18 years and under in Truckee and Kings Beach.

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Two local entities are offering free meals this summer to help ensure area youth have access to nutritious meals while school is out of session.

The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe will serve breakfast and lunch to anyone 18 years old and under, free of charge.

The Boys and Girls Club program launched this week, serving breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, through August 21.

Meals will be served at the club's Kings Beach site at 8125 Steelhead Ave., said Christin Wilcox, club chef.

Children do not have to be part of the club or involved in its programs to receive free meals, which will be nutritious and accommodate dietary restrictions, Wilcox said.

Last summer, the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe served nearly 20,000 meals to children over a 10-week span, she said.

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Meanwhile, TTUSD will serve breakfast between 8:30 and 9:15 a.m. and lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 6 to July 31, at Truckee Elementary School at 11911 Donner Pass Road.

Children don't have to attend the district or participate in its free or reduced meals program during the school year to receive these summer meals, according to TTUSD.

"During the regular school year, we know that we are providing a valuable service to families who wish to participate," said Kat Soltanmorad, director of Food Services for TTUSD. "Just because school is out doesn't mean that the need lessens. We want to provide nutritious and healthy meals year round to support the nutritional needs of children."

Following national meal requirements, TTUSD will provide nutrient-dense, well-rounded meals that include fresh fruits and vegetables.

Both summer meal programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

If you go

What: Free summer meals

Who: Any child 18 years old and under

When: 8:30-9:15 a.m. (breakfast); 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (lunch) Monday through Friday, July 6 to July 31

Where: Truckee Elementary School, 11911 Donner Pass Road

When: 8 to 9:30 a.m. (breakfast); 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch) Monday through Friday, June 22 to August 21

Where: Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe’s Kings Beach site, 8125 Steelhead Ave.