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Free breakfasts, lunches available this summer to kids

Which schools will be serving free lunches this summer? And is it available to all children?

— Lisa R., Medford

Free breakfasts and lunches will be available to all children, ages 1 to 18, this summer at several locations around town.

See the Medford School District’s website for a comprehensive schedule, as times and days vary by location. However, most locations will be closed July 4, and some on July 3 and 4.

Jackson, Jefferson and Howard Elementary schools will serve breakfast at 8 a.m. every weekday through Aug. 18. Lunch will start at 11:15 a.m. weekdays at Jackson through Sept. 1, at 11:35 a.m. weekdays at Jefferson through Aug. 18, and 11:30 a.m. weekdays at Howard through Aug. 18.

Central, North and South Medford high schools and Hedrick and McLoughlin middle schools also will serve breakfast and lunch, and Barnett Townhomes and the Rogue Valley Family YMCA will serve lunch.

The Summer Food Service Program is federally funded, Lisa, and you do not need to fill out an application for your children to access the meals, said Jeff Ashmun, the area general manager for Sodexo School Services, in an email.

Pizza, nachos, spaghetti and chicken-pesto pasta are on the menu for the summer, and there will be a salad bar to round out the meals, Ashmun said.

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