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District Offers Free Holiday Meal for Children

The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Nutrition Services department is offering a free holiday meal for children on Tuesday, Dec. 22. The photo opportunity for this event is from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Dec. 22, at Crestview School of Inquiry, 8355 Franklin Ave. in Clive.

The meal is free for children 18 and younger and children aged 19 who are still in school. Adult meals will be offered for $3.50 per person. The holiday menu is roast turkey with gravy and mashed potatoes, a dinner roll, green beans, and other fruits and vegetables, along with milk and a cupcake.

To promote family meal time and healthy living habits, the WDMCS Nutrition Services Department is continuing to offer evening meals from 5:30–6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday night during the school year, excluding school breaks. An optional educational or enriching activity will be offered after each meal, from 6–6:30 p.m.

These meals are being offered through federals funds as part of the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program. The program is part of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CAFCP) through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service. All At-Risk Afterschool Meals programs must follow certain menu guidelines to ensure children are getting necessary nutrients.

Families with questions about the holiday meal and the At-Risk Afterschools Meals Program can contact WDMCS Director of Nutrition Services Willow Dye at 515-633-5086 or Crestview School of Inquiry at 515-633-5700.

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