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Hastings Public Schools summer feeding program begins

The meals are free for all students in the area
Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 8:55 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Students 18 or younger in Hastings can now partake in the Hastings Public Schools summer feeding program.

The program is free and not limited to students within the HPS school district. Any student can participate.

Students can visit Alcott Elementary on North Cedar Ave. between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday to receive a meal.

“These meals are essential,” Superintendent Jeff Schneider said. “We actually served meals all throughout the pandemic when we were shut down last year and saw a huge need.”

In 2020 meals were served but HPS did a “grab and go” format rather than the traditional show up, receive the meal, sit down and eat, which is what it typically looks like.

According to Schneider, there is a need for this service in the area and many people utilize the program. The program is different than the food pantries at Hastings Middle School and Hastings High because there is no inventory for students or families to grab in a “grocery shop” format. Rather, students show up for the summer feeding program for a meal prepared that day similar to lunch during a school day.

Parents and families do not need to sign anything, fill out any forms, or pay a fee. Students just need to show up. The program lasts through July 30.

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