Even though school is out for the summer, kids will have access to free breakfast and lunch all summer long! 

The Virginia Beach Board of Education is bringing some light to the city this summer by offering a Summer Meals Program which will provide breakfast and lunch to hungry kids, 18 and under. 

The program is a phenomenal way to make the community feel accepted as there is no catch, and you do not have to be enrolled in the schools in order to receive the free meals. All you need to do is show up to the school during the designated times to get your meal – that's it!

  

In many cases, kids rely on the schools to provide them their meals for the day, so when summer rolls around, they are left hungry, not knowing when their next meal will be. The program addresses that issue and also helps to increase the kids' value on their education and likelihood to return to school.

In order to receive funding, The Department of Education has teamed up with the United States Department of Agriculture. The program started June 16; some schools are now open and offering meals to kids in need!

Here is the schedule:

Birdneck, Luxford, Holland, and Williams Elementary
Monday through Thursday, June 17–Aug. 16
8:30–9 a.m. for breakfast
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m for lunch

Lynnhaven Elementary
Monday through Thursday, June 18–July 3
9–9:30 a.m. for breakfast
11:30 a.m.–12 p.m. for lunch

Green Run Elementary
Monday through Thursday, July 8–31
8–8:30 a.m. for breakfast
11–11:30 a.m. for lunch

Bayside, Newton, Parkway, Point O'View, Windsor Oaks, Kempsville Meadows, White Oaks, Shelton Park Elementary
Monday through Thursday, July 8–Aug. 1
8–8:30 a.m. for breakfast
11–11:30 a.m. for lunch

Rosemont Elementary
Monday through Thursday, July 8–Aug. 1
8–8:30 a.m. for breakfast
11–11:30 a.m. for lunch

Seatack Elementary
Monday through Thursday, July 8–Aug. 1
8:30–9:30 a.m. for breakfast
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m for lunch

Now that Virginia Beach has stepped up to the plate, hopefully, the other six Hampton Roads cities will follow along and pick up the program as well! 

Do you think this program is a good effort from the city of Virginia Beach? Will you be taking advantage of this opportunity? Are one of these schools near you? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!