McCracken County schools are tackling the issue of hunger during the summer for both McCracken and Ballard county students.
The district is participating in the federally funded Summer Feeding program, which provides free meals to children under 18 during the summer months. Monday through Friday, breakfast is served between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and lunch is served between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. at five sites in McCracken County and one in Ballard County.
The six sites are Hendron-Lone Oak Elementary, Lone Oak Intermediate, Heath Elementary, Reidland Elementary, Farley Elementary, and Ballard Elementary.
In recent years, the summer feeding program for McCracken County was hosted by the St. Mary school system. This year, St. Mary took a much-deserved break, said McCracken County Food Service Director Sara Jane Hedges, and the county was ready to pick up the cause.
The program began June 2 and extends through July 31. All 18 and under, regardless of where they attend school, is welcome to participate.
"If they see that Summer Feed sign, I want people to know it's open to all kids," said Hedges. Meals are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, she noted, but with more than 500 meals prepared each day, staff members don't expect to run out.
Contact Daniel Paxton, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8667.