Castle Rock, CO

DougCo Schools continue free summer lunches, Universal free lunch set to expire

Suzie Glassman

By Suzie Glassman/NewsBreak Denver

(Castle Rock, CO) DougCo schools will continue their free summer lunch program from May 31 through July 29.

Lunches are free to all children ages 18 and younger, Monday through Friday.

Pick up locations and times:

Castle Rock

Castle View High School – 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Pines Apartments – 11:00 am - 11:30 am

South Ridge Elementary – 12:00 - 12:30 pm

Parker

O’Brien Park – 10:45 am - 12:00

Challenger Park – 11:00 am - 12:00

Hilltop Apartments – 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Ranchstone Apartments – 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Highlands Ranch

Arium Apartments 11:30 am - 12:00

Palomino Apartments 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Universal free lunch set to expire

For the last two years, children in Colorado schools have enjoyed free breakfast and lunch through a federally funded program.

Yet, the pandemic-related program expires at the end of the school year. According to Colorado Public Radio (CPR) report, state legislators are working to provide funding to offer universal free lunches starting again in 2024.

CPR reported that “under SB22-087, the state government would pay for local districts to provide free meals for hundreds of thousands of students above the federal cutoff for free lunches. The federal government would continue funding meals for lower-income students.”

Paid meals will resume on August 8th. According to the district, elementary school lunches are $3.25, middle school lunches are $3.75, and high school lunches are $4.00.

You can go to the Nutrition Services website for information on who qualifies and how to apply for free and reduced lunch.

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