Summer Food Service Kickoff

Food and fun in the sun at AHS, VVHS
Posted on 06/19/2017

ADELANTO — Hundreds of children and their families descended on Adelanto High School on Monday as the Victor Valley Union High School District launched its Summer Food Service Program with a racing simulator and other attractions.


The district will host a similar kickoff event Wednesday at Victor Valley High School, and free lunches are offered at both schools to all children of the community for the next month.


The main attraction Monday was a NASCAR racing simulator presented by the Colton Police Department and its sponsor, Shell. Kids took a realistic ride around a simulated track and got a free meal while they were at it.


Colton Police Officer Todd Smith said this was the second year the department has come to the High Desert, through its community outreach program Kids2Cops, to help promote summer meal programs.


“It’s something that catches (the kids’) attention,” Smith said.


In addition to the fun and food, the event aimed to educate children about healthy eating choices. Representatives from the nutrition programs for the San Bernardino County Public Health Department and Superintendent of Schools were on hand, giving out hula hoops and other freebies. A pair of Adelanto High seniors, George Castille and Kayla-Joi Hill, dressed up as a giant carrot and strawberry, respectively.


Although the program’s main purpose is feeding children who may not get enough to eat outside of the school year, all children are welcome. VVUHSD Nutrition Services Supervisor Robynne Sokolowski said the fun atmosphere of the event helps combat the possible stigma that could surround a free meal program.


“The need is out there to feed these kids in the summertime,” Sokolowski said. “(But) it’s an event; it’s not just ‘I’m going to get a free meal.’ Unfortunately, there is that stigma sometimes, but we want to erase that. We want all of the kids, no matter what their income level is, because there is no income requirement. We want to just feed those kids that are hungry during the summer.”


Sokolowski said the program receives state and federal funding and has served more than 12,000 meals each of the past two years — with a goal of serving even more this year. She said there would be more fun events throughout the duration of the program, which serves meals to all children 18 and under each weekday from 10:30 to noon until July 21, with a break July 3-7.


An event with the same attractions will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday at the other Summer Food Service site, Victor Valley High School (16500 Mojave Drive, Victorville).


Monday’s kickoff coincided with the start of VVUHSD’s summer school program, which has a total enrollment of roughly 2,000 students attending classes at Adelanto and Victor Valley high schools.


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