Free summer lunches for kids return to Lawrence

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Food and fun were both on the menu Monday as free summer lunches for kids returned to the Lawrence Public Library and launched at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Kids ages 18 and younger can eat free lunches at both sites on weekdays in Lawrence. Lunch programs are funded by the federal Summer Nutrition program.

Lunches will be offered Mondays through Fridays until Friday, July 26:
• 11 a.m. to noon at Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.; and
• noon to 1 p.m. at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Sites will be closed on June 19 and July 4 and 5 for holidays. The arts center site will also be closed June 14 and July 19.

Kids eat free, and adults can purchase meals for $5 each. Lunches must be eaten onsite. See a menu for the library at this link and for the arts center at this link.

Lane Rozin/Lawrence Times Twin sisters Milli Greenwood (left) and Journey Greenwood (right) celebrated their fourth birthday with lunch at the library Monday.

Once a week, families can also pick up five days of breakfast and lunch kits to prepare meals at home. Kits include five breakfasts, five lunches, five cartons of 1% plain milk and five cartons of 1% chocolate milk, according to a registration form for families. Meal preparation instructions will be attached.

Kits will be available for pickup on Tuesdays from June 4 through Aug. 6 at Youth Sports Complex, 4911 W. 27th St. in Lawrence.

Registration is required by noon on the Friday before the intended meal kit pickup so that organizers can prepare. One form can be filled out per family. Sign up via this Google form. (The form will reopen at noon Tuesday, June 4 to register for next week.)

Lane Rozin/Lawrence Times Molly Marciel and her 4-year-old daughter, Ruby Marciel, a participant in the Jump in June Preschool, pick out their lunches at the Lawrence Arts Center on Monday.
Lane Rozin/Lawrence Times Shade Tsosie, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, eats lunch with her son, Keahi Tsosie, at the library.
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Lane Rozin/Lawrence Times Deneise Ousdahl, a food service worker at Free State High School and for the Lawrence school district, serves free lunches for kids on Monday at the Lawrence Public Library.
Lane Rozin/Lawrence Times Twin sisters Milli Greenwood (left) and Journey Greenwood (right) celebrated their fourth birthday with lunch at the library Monday.
Lane Rozin/Lawrence Times Jacey Dickerson and her 16-month-old daughter, Aspen Dickerson, eat lunch at the library.
Lane Rozin/Lawrence Times Jordan Dixon, 5, eats lunch with his mother, Chante Dixon (not pictured), at the library.
Lane Rozin/Lawrence Times Courtney Chacon (left) and her son, Lincoln Holle, sit together and enjoy their lunch at the library.
Lane Rozin/Lawrence Times Jump in June Preschool participants Heidi Hocking, 5 (left), and Ruby Marciel, 4, eat lunch at the Lawrence Arts Center.
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Lane Rozin (he/they), a contributor to the Lawrence Times, is a student at the University of Kansas Schools of Journalism and Film. He is a graduate of Pittsburg High School, where he was the multimedia editor for the Booster Redux/Pitt Media in 2019-21. He is currently the arts & culture editor at the University Daily Kansan and a radio show host at KJHK. See more of his work for the Times here.

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