Bonner Springs/Edwardsville school district launches free supper program

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A new after school program hopes to provide supper for their district. The Bonner Springs/Edwardsville school district launched their Braves Supper Program today. Those 18 and younger can stop by Bonner Springs Elementary every day for a free meal.

Even though the school day ended, the kitchen at Bonner Springs Elementary remains open. The ladies in charge are prepping for their first ever Braves Supper.

Fourth grader, Maddox Clary, can’t wait.

"We have very good food here. I try to eat all of it every day because I heard the high school food isn’t very good," he said.

The Bonner Springs/Edwardsville School District, in partnership with Opaa! Food Management, will begin offering free weeknight meals to students through the Braves Supper Program.

The effort is funded by the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), a federal program that provides reimbursement for healthful meals and snacks served to children and adults. All students 18 years and younger will be able to enjoy a free meal each weeknight during the school year.

"When you think about the amount of time that lapses between children being served lunch and supper, this kind of fills this gap. We also blend in educational activity," said District Director of Business Eric Hansen.

On the menu is meatball sub, corn on the cob, and a load of fruits.

"I've had the meatball sub a couple of times; it’s very good," said Clary.

Teaching about healthy eating has become a priority for the school district. The goal is to have students learning without having to worry about an empty stomach.

Adults are welcome to join at $3.60 a meal.