Yukon parents benefit from YPS feeding program

No-cost breakfast and lunch meals offered this summer

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Yukon Public Schools’ food service director Pamela Watson stands beside food service worker Robert Snider at the Yukon Millers Food Truck parked off Yukon Avenue on the north side of Yukon Middle School, 801 Garth Brooks Blvd. The Yukon school district, through its food service contractor Sodexo, is offering a free summer feeding program for children and youth ages 1-18 years. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Many Yukon parents have rest assured this summer knowing their children are receiving nutritious breakfasts and lunches.

Yukon Public Schools has seen a positive response to its summer feeding program, according to YPS food service director Pamela Watson.

The Yukon school district, through its food service contractor Sodexo, has offered no-cost weekday meals since May 31 to anyone age 1-18 years.

“It’s free breakfast and lunch,” Watson said. “It’s good to be able to provide these nutritious meals.

“This is an opportunity to feed the kids during the summer.”

She estimated 6,000-7,000 free meals are served monthly through this program.

“All school districts may not do this based on the participation, but we have some really passionate employees and staff who care about the students in the community,” Watson added.

Yukon’s free summer breakfast and meal program runs through Friday, July 22.

Three YPS sites offer a “dine-in” option while two other sites and four mobile home communities provide a “pick-up” meal service this summer.

The food is nutritious and delicious, according to Watson.

“We serve the same type of meals that we do during the school year,” she noted.

“A lot of times during the summer, families have cousins and other people with them in the house. This is an opportunity for the parent to not have to worry about coming up with something to prepare for breakfast or lunch.”

Skyview Elementary School food service worker Patty Stewart offers chicken sandwiches through Yukon Public Schools’ free summer feeding program. No-cost breakfast and lunch meals are provided through Friday, July 22 to anyone ages 1-18 years. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)
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WHEN AND WHERE …

Breakfast is provided from 7:30-9 a.m. and lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays inside three YPS cafeterias:

  • Yukon High School, 1777 S Parkway – Door #9
  • Skyview Elementary School, 650 S Yukon Parkway
  • Redstone Intermediate School, 11501 W Britton Road

Meanwhile, a daily curbside meal pick-up service is offered at:

  • The Yukon Millers Food Truck off Yukon Avenue north of Yukon Middle School, 801 Garth Brooks Blvd. (10:45 a.m. to noon)
  • Myers Elementary School, 1200 S First (11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.)

Free breakfast and lunch pick-up also is available at these local mobile home parks – Westlake, Forest Lake, Overholser Village, and Welcome Home Community.

YPS obtained a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide these free summer meals, made possible through federal COVID-19 relief funding.

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