In an effort to curb child hunger, for the first time, Howard schools are offering free lunches during two days of winter break.
Howard established the winter meals program “because hunger doesn’t end when school ends,” said Brian Bassett, a county schools spokesman.
“The more days we can offer that [free meals] when school isn’t in session the better,” Bassett said.
Lunches will be available for all children under the age of 18 on Dec. 27 and Dec. 28. Children can go to either the Florence Bain Center and the East Columbia Library Branch, both in Columbia, to receive a meal.
Howard County schools summer meals program is projected to serve over 66,000 children this summer. The first year the program has added a mobile site at the East Columbia Library Branch of the county's library system.