Parents in Eastern Jackson County looking for an opportunity to get the children out of the house for a bit and get a nutritious meal do not have to look any further than the nearby schools.

Parents in Eastern Jackson County looking for an opportunity to get the children out of the house for a bit and get a nutritious meal do not have to look any further than the nearby schools.

The Independence, Fort Osage and Blue Springs school districts will once again offer the Summer Food Service Program through funding from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The locations are chosen based on the district’s percentage of free and reduced-price lunch students at those sites. At least 50 percent of the school’s student population must qualify for free and reduced lunch.

All children age 18 and younger are welcome to participate in the breakfast and lunch programs, regardless of their income. Adults can also eat, but for a fee. Meals are similar to what is served during the regular school year, and the program operates Monday through Friday.

The Blue Springs School District is offering the program at four sites – Thomas Ultican and Franklin Smith elementary schools, Blue Springs High School and The Blue (formerly Centennial Pool-Plex).

At the high school, breakfast is served from 7 to 7:30 a.m., and lunch is served from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. The program runs from June 3 to Aug. 2. At the two elementary schools, breakfast is served from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m., and lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The program runs from June 3 to Aug. 2.

At The Blue, lunch is served from noon to 1 p.m. and an afternoon snack replaces breakfast from 3:30 to 4 p.m. The program starts Saturday and goes through Aug. 11. Unlike the schools, lunch and a snack are offered seven days a week.

In the Fort Osage School District, breakfast and lunch will be available at Cler-Mont and Elm Grove elementary schools as well as the First Baptist Church in Buckner. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 9 a.m. and lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m. Meals will be served July 1, 2 and 3 as well as July 8 to Aug. 2. The program does not operate while summer school is in session. The adult breakfast is $1.95 and adult lunch is $2.70.

The Independence School District program is offered through June and is operated at Thomas Hart Benton, Glendale, Korte, Christian Ott, William Southern, Spring Branch, Sycamore Hill and Three Trails elementary schools; Bingham and Pioneer Ridge middle schools and William Chrisman High School.

Breakfast at the elementary sites is from 8 to 9 a.m., and lunch is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the middle schools, breakfast is from 7 to 8 a.m., and lunch is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. At William Chrisman, breakfast is from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. and lunch is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The elementary and middle school program runs through June 25, and the high school program runs through June 28.

Bridger Middle School is also a site for the summer meal program, however, it operates on a different schedule. Breakfast is from 7 to 9 a.m. and lunch is from 10:25 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. It will be open from June 26 to Aug. 9.

Other sites to offer the summer lunch program are:



Fairmount Community Center, 217 S. Cedar Ave. - Lunch Only (noon to 12:30 p.m.). The program is from June 10 to Aug. 13.

Glenwood Park United Methodist Church, 10000 E. 23rd St. - Lunch Only (11 to 11:30 a.m.) The program is from July 22 to Aug. 9.

Raytown High School, 6019 Blue Ridge Blvd. - Lunch Only (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) The program is July 8 to Aug. 9.

Meadow Lane Elementary, 1421 N.E. Independence in Lee’s Summit - Breakfast is from 8 to 9 a.m. and lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program is June 3 to 28.



For more information on the breakfast and lunch program, call the Fort Osage School District at 816-650-7000, the Blue Springs School District at 816-224-1300 or the Independence School District at 816-521-5371. Information is also available by visiting the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website at www.dhss.mo.gov/sfsp.