Free meals available for Butte kids this summer


BUTTE, Mont. - Children 18 years old and younger can get a free lunch or breakfast in Butte this summer. Action, Inc., a partner with the Montana Office of Public Assistance, is giving out complimentary breakfast and lunch until Aug. 10. The goal is to ensure kids have proper nutrition all year long, even when they aren't in school. The first event was Monday at Clark Park. Casey O'Leary, the supportive services manager for Action, Inc., says the meals supplement the free and reduced lunch program, a financial services program reducing the cost of a child's lunch during the school year. O'Leary says the program is a great way for parents to save money while their kids are home. "If you think that an average meal cost might be $2 to $5, if you have even just two kids in your household, you can be saving up to $200 a month on these free meals," she said. The meals are served Monday through Friday, and organizers will be at Clark Park this week from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Next week they'll be at the Butte Public Library from noon to 12:30 p.m. The summer lunches are for any youth under 18, and they do not have to be a part of the free and reduced lunch program. The full list of locations can be found here.

To put why this program is important, consider the 2016 Montana Food Bank report on hunger in Montana.