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Kids get free breakfasts this summer
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MONROE - The Monroe school district will serve free breakfast again this summer to all children 18 years and under.

The district is offering the meals as part of the Summer Food Service Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The program aims to provide nutritious meals to children during the summer, when free and reduced-price school meals are not unavailable.

Free breakfasts will be served at Monroe Middle School cafeteria from 7:30 to 8 a.m. from June 13 to July 1 and July 11 to July 29 in conjunction with summer school.

"This program fills a void created when school meals are not available," Nicole Ruegsegger, Monroe summer school coordinator said in a news release. "Helping parents meet the nutritional needs of their children is the strength of this program."

The district first participated in the program last summer.

Free meals will be available to all children 18 years of age and under. Those over 18 who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who also participate in a public or private non-profit school program during the regular school year may receive free meals as well.