6/10: Free Summer Meals Kickoff

Giles County Public Schools will host a free summer meals kickoff celebration at Narrows High School on Monday, June 10 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The school is located at 1 Green Wave Lane in Narrows.

The family-friendly event will include hamburgers made with local beef from the Giles County Agriculture Lab, a program from the Giles County Technology Center that gives hands-on learning experiences for students to study agriculture. Other activities include arts and crafts, dental screenings, blood pressure checks and heart health education. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn to fish from a live fish pond onsite.

Event organizers are aiming to raise awareness about the Summer Food Service Program. The federal program connects children to the nutrition they need during the summer months through meal sites. Meals are free to children and teens ages 18 and younger who come to the summer meals sites. No application or registration is required.

“We want everyone in the community to know about the available summer meal sites,” said Christy Lawson, Giles County Public Schools Food Supervisor. “We hope local families will join us on Monday afternoon for a great meal, fun, and to access important health screenings and information.”

Giles County Public Schools will host free meal sites at three locations this summer.

Narrows High School Pearisburg Town Pool Pearisburg Library
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 1-3 p.m. noon-2 p.m.
Open Monday-Friday

June 10-August 15

(Closed July 1-5)

Open seven days a week

June 10-August 15

Open Monday-Friday

June 10-August 15

(Closed July 4-5)

Limited transportation may be available for the Narrows High School site. Interested families can contact Christy Lawson, Giles County Food Supervisor at 540-921-1421 ext. 17. Throughout the summer, arts and crafts activities will be offered at Narrows High School. The school will also continue to serve beef from the Giles County Agriculture Lab.

For many kids, summer is the hungriest time of year. When schools close for the summer, school meals disappear as well. Only about 15 percent of Virginia students who rely on free or reduced-price school lunches are also getting free meals through summer programs.

“Many kids who rely on school meals struggle to get enough to eat during the summer months,” said Claire Mansfield, State Director for No Kid Hungry Virginia, a nonprofit focused on ending childhood hunger. “Summer meal sites are an important opportunity for children to get the nutrition they need while school is out.”

Families can text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877 and type in a zip code to find nearby summer meals sites, along with operating days and times. This information populates once local schools are out of session and sites are up and running. No application or registration is required at sites. No Kid Hungry organizes the texting service and updates the information weekly. Locations are also available at https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks.

For more information about the Summer Food Service Program and the importance of connecting youth with meals during the summer, visit https://va.nokidhungry.org/summer-resources.

A variety of organizations are involved with the June 10 kickoff, including the Giles County Early Education Project, Community Health Center, the Carilion Clinic, the American Heart Association, NRV Cares, Community Health Behavioral, the Cooperative Extension and No Kid Hungry Virginia.