Everyone age 18 and under is eligible to take part in the Glen Rose ISD’s annual free Summer Feeding Program, June 1-30.

That’s according to GRISD Child Nutrition Director Jill Lawson, who noted that the children who show up don’t even have to be enrolled in the local public schools.

“It’s really to help everyone,” Lawson said, noting that the program is an extension of the USDA’s national school lunch program. “It’s free meals for the kids. They don’t have to be in Glen Rose schools. We don’t ask for documentation, as long as the kid is present.”

Lawson said that the feeding program is usually done to coincide with summer school.

“I would definitely say this is a blessing to the community, and people need to take part in it,” Lawson said. “Many kids benefit from it. A lot of people don’t know, but it really is for everyone.”

Lawson said that there will be pick-up times three days a week only.

“The program will provide two breakfasts and two lunches on Mondays and Wednesdays and one breakfast and one lunch on Fridays,” Lawson stated in an email. “The meals will be available from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at four locations: Heritage Park on Matthews Street and Highway 144; Ramos Mobile Park, 1157 CR 320; (the former location of) A.J.’s Barbecue, 409 NE Big Bend Trail; and Glen Rose High School” (at the back, near the cafeteria and tennis courts.

For more information, Jill Lawson at lawsji@grisd.net or call 254-898-3907.