Ardmore City Schools will open a few of its cafeterias to the public throughout the month of June, offering free breakfast and lunch to kids.
Meals will be served at Lincoln Elementary School, Ardmore High School and Will Rogers Elementary School. Kids 18 and under can eat for free, while adults pay $2.05 for breakfast and $3.55 for lunch. Breakfast lasts from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. and lunch lasts from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
ACS Nutrition Director Robye Cook said the summer program has existed for years, but not everyone knows about it.
“We open what’s called an open feeding site so anyone who’s 18 and under can have a meal,” Cook said. “We’ve done at least 10 years, probably 15. Usually, we don’t have very many show up.”
Getting the word out has been difficult, but she said social media is helping the school spread the word this year. In Ardmore City Schools, all students qualify for free and reduced lunch under Title I, but kids and parents from any district can take advantage of the service.
Kids attending summer school, Cities in Schools, band camp or other summer programs at the school already expect to eat breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria, but outside of those groups, few children or adults take advantage of the service. She said transportation is likely another barrier that prevents more people from coming to the schools.

“We try to break even,” Cook said. “We can’t make revenue, we’re not looking to make money.”