Wright City R-II provides free meals throughout July

By Kelly Bowen, Staff Writer
Posted 7/5/24

The Wright City R-II School District will be back once again to provide free meals to children throughout the entire month of July. This will be the second year the district has arranged this.

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Wright City R-II provides free meals throughout July

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The Wright City R-II School District will be back once again to provide free meals to children throughout the entire month of July. This will be the second year the district has arranged this.

Starting July 1, families have the opportunity to pick up 10 meals total per week. In all, families can take up to 25 breakfast meals and 25 lunch meals.

The meals will be made available for kids aged 0-18. They can be picked up from Wright City High School on every Monday and Wednesday from 10:30-11 a.m.

Meals such as pizza, popcorn chicken, salad, muffins, pancakes and more will be offered. Instructions on making some of the meals will also be arranged.

With the school year not starting until August and summer school over, Superintendent Chris Berger noted there is about a six week period where the district is not able to give students meals, something that bothers him.

“When this opportunity came about, we knew we wanted to take advantage of it,” Berger said.

Families that are interested in picking up do not have to be a Wright City student. The program will be made available for any kid, 18 and under, inside or outside of Warren County.

However, it is recommended for parents to pre-order so the staff can prepare meals ahead of time. To pre-order, email glen.oberle@wrightcity.k12.mo.us.

No one will be turned away if a pre-orderis not made, but it is highly suggested that you do.

Glen Oberle, the food service director for the R-II district, stated that 146 families had signed up for free meals as of June 27, a drastic increase from the first time the program was offered in 2022.

Oberle was glad to see more families sign up and have the opportunity to provide them with meals.

"I’m a huge proponent that every kid should eat for free,” Oberle said at the June 27 board meeting.

School Board Member Kyle Lewis also added that the biggest impact on learning and a student’s success is being fed.

“I know it’s difficult to identify who those kids are and what we can do to help them, but this is something that is always on the back of my mind,” Lewis said.


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