School lunches

Stephon Knight, back, and Jakei Hanna eat lunch in 2018 at Opelika High School. 

For some children, a school lunch is one of the only consistent ways to get a meal. Thanks to Opelika City Schools, a child’s access to food isn’t jeopardized just because school is out for summer.

As part of a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Opelika City Schools is offering free lunch this summer at three locations for all children up to 18 years old. The children do not have to be students in the school system or Opelika residents, and no registration is required.

“We know that during the school year a lot of our students count on us to be their source of nutrition for the school day for a hot breakfast and lunch,” Opelika City Schools spokeswoman Becky Brown said. “We feel fortunate that we're able to partner with the USDA to provide these hot meals during the summer so they do have a good, consistent source of nutrition throughout the summer.”

Carver and Jeter Primary will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, while Opelika High School will serve lunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Carver is located at 307 Carver Ave. Jeter Primary is at 700 Jeter Ave. Opelika High School is at 1700 Lafayette Pkwy.

Carver and Jeter will supply lunches now until July 19 but will be closed July 1-5; Opelika High will supply lunches until July 18 but will be closed June 20 and July 1-5.

A different hot meal is served each day, with menu items such as spaghetti with meat sauce, chicken parmesan, cheeseburgers and barbecue pork. Lunches must be eaten onsite.

Brown said this is the fourth year Opelika City Schools is participating in the summer meal program. After starting the program with only one location, the system is estimated to have served 10,000 meals at the three locations last summer.

Those interested can text FOOD to 877-877 and put in their zip code, at which point they will be given the location of the closest available hot meal.

For additional information, visit or contact child nutrition director Nancy Olaveson at 334-745-9700.

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