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Kid Power Cafe offers free meals at 41 sites for Wichita children

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Many school cafeterias and other sites in Wichita are serving meals to hungry children.

Forty-one sites around the city are offering free breakfasts, lunches or afternoon snacks as part of Kid Power Cafe, an annual summer food program. The program is run by the Wichita school district and is paid for by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The program, which runs May 31 through July 28 at most sites, is open to all children younger than 18 but targets those who are eligible for free- or reduced-price lunches. About three-fourths of the 51,000 students who attend Wichita schools are eligible to receive free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches.

No meal reservations are required, and there are no qualifying guidelines or paperwork to fill out. Just show up at any Kid Power Cafe location at the designated times to get a free meal or snack.

Some sites will offer meals throughout the length of the program; others will offer meals only periodically during those months. Some will offer both breakfast and lunch, while others will offer only one meal; three sites will offer an afternoon snack.

If the Kansas Supreme Court orders Kansas schools to shut down July 1, the program would be affected.

Breakfast will include cereal/bread and milk. Lunch will consist of an entree, fruit, vegetable and milk. Adults can buy lunch for $3.75, breakfast for $2 and snack for $1.

Here are this year’s locations and meal times. The program is offered weekdays unless otherwise specified. All locations will be closed July 4.

Central Wichita

▪ Horace Mann Dual Language Magnet School, 1243 N. Market: breakfast, 8-8:30 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.-noon. Runs through July 27

▪ Interfaith Ministries, 902 N. Market: lunch, noon-1 p.m.

▪ YMCA Downtown Branch, 402 N. Market: lunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Northwest Wichita

▪ Benton Elementary, 338 S. Woodchuck Lane: breakfast, 8-8:30 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

▪ Black Traditional Magnet School, 1045 High: breakfast, 8:30-9 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m.-noon

▪ Dodge Literacy Magnet School, 4801 W. Second St.: breakfast, 8:30-9 a.m.; lunch, noon-12:30 p.m. Runs through July 22

▪ Earhart Environmental Magnet School, 4401 N. Arkansas: breakfast, 8-8:30 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.-noon

▪ Evergreen Park Recreation Center, 2700 N. Woodland: lunch, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; snack, 4-4:30 p.m.

▪ Levy Special Education Center, 400 N. Woodchuck: breakfast, 7:45-9:15 a.m.; lunch, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Begins June 6; closed Fridays

▪ New Covenant Life Support Center, 1718 W. Douglas: lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

▪ North High School, 1437 N. Rochester: breakfast, 7-7:30 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.-noon. Runs June 6-23; closed Fridays

▪ Orchard Park Recreation Center, 4808 W. Ninth St.: breakfast, 8:15-8:45 a.m.; lunch, noon-12:45 p.m.

▪ Pleasant Valley Middle School, 2220 W. 29th St. North: breakfast, 7:30-8:30 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m.-noon. Runs May 31-June 9; closed Fridays

▪ Woodland Elementary, 1705 Salina: breakfast, 8:30-9 a.m.; lunch, noon-12:30 p.m.

Northeast Wichita

▪ Boys & Girls Club Opportunity Drive, 2400 N. Opportunity Drive: breakfast, 8-9 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Begins June 6

▪ Chisholm Trail Elementary, 6015 Independence (Park City): breakfast, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

▪ Coleman Middle School, 1544 N. Governeour: breakfast, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; lunch, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Runs June 6-30; closed Fridays

▪ College Hill United Methodist Church, 2930 E. First St.: breakfast, 8:30-9 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.-noon

▪ Edgemoor Recreation Center, 5815 E. Ninth St.: breakfast, 8:30-9 a.m.; lunch, noon-12:30 p.m.

▪ Holy Savior Catholic Academy, 4640 E. 15th St.: breakfast, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Runs June 13 through July 22

▪ Jackson Elementary, 2717 N. Woodlawn: breakfast, 8:30-9 a.m.; lunch, 12:15-1 p.m.

▪ Little Early Childhood Center, 1613 Piatt: breakfast, 8:30-9 a.m.; lunch, noon-12:45 p.m. Runs June 6 through July 21; closed Fridays

▪ Minneha Elementary, 701 N. Webb: breakfast, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; lunch, noon-1 p.m.

▪ Price-Harris Elementary, 706 N. Armour: breakfast, 8-8:30 a.m.; lunch, noon-12:45 p.m. Runs through July 22

▪ St. Mark Church of God in Christ, 1018 N. Dellrose: lunch, noon-12:45 p.m.

▪ St. Mark United Methodist Church, 1525 N. Lorraine: breakfast, 8-8:45 a.m.; lunch, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Begins June 6

▪ Woodard Recreation Center, 2750 E. 18th St.: lunch, 12:15-12:45 p.m.; snack, 4:15-4:45 p.m. Runs through July 22

Southwest Wichita

▪ Cessna Elementary, 2101 W. 45th St. South: breakfast, 8:30-9:15 a.m.; lunch, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

▪ Enterprise Elementary, 3605 S. Gold: breakfast, 8:30-9 a.m.; lunch, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

▪ Kelly Elementary, 3143 S. Millwood: breakfast, 8-8:30 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.-noon

▪ Linwood Elementary, 1654 S. Hydraulic: breakfast, 8-8:30 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

▪ Linwood Recreation Center, 1901 S. Kansas: breakfast, 8:15-8:45 a.m.; lunch, noon-12:45 p.m.

▪ St. Margaret Mary Catholic School, 2635 S. Pattie: breakfast, 7:30-8 a.m.; lunch, noon-1 p.m. Runs July 11-28

▪ Woodman Elementary, 2500 Hiram: breakfast, 8-8:30 a.m.; lunch, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Runs June 1 to July 25

▪ YMCA South Branch, 3405 S. Meridian: lunch, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Southeast Wichita

▪ Allen Elementary, 1881 S. Elpyco: breakfast, 8:30-9 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.-noon

▪ Boston Recreation Center, 6655 E. Zimmerly: lunch, noon-12:30 p.m.

▪ Boys & Girls Club Oaklawn, 4900 S. Clifton: breakfast, 8-9 a.m.; lunch, noon-1 p.m. Begins June 6

▪ Colvin Elementary, 2820 S. Roosevelt: lunch, noon-12:30 p.m.; snack, 4-4:30 p.m.

▪ Griffith Elementary, 1802 S. Bluff: breakfast, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; lunch, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

▪ Seltzer Elementary, 11660 E. Lincoln: breakfast, 8-8:30 a.m.; lunch, noon-12:30 p.m.

Suzanne Perez Tobias: 316-268-6567, @suzannetobias

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