Camden schools continue free meal program through summer for students

The Camden School District is making sure that children don’t go hungry during the summer.
“One hundred percent of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch,” says school Superintendent Katrina McCombs.
The district is making sure that the meals don’t stop just because school is out for the summer. The district kicked off its summer meals program on Monday at Woodrow Wilson High School with some fun and games and a visit from Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Avonte Maddox.
“There’s kids in places around the world like Haiti. They don’t have free meals at all. And when you come here and get together and you’re putting these free meals together for these children and that’s such a great thing,” Maddox says.
"There's always times when people just need a little something extra and it's great to have a safe place where the kids can come and come back into the school and just stay connected to everything,” says parent Blake Hansteen.
The district distributed more than 1 million meals during the pandemic while students learned from home. And the summer will be no different.
"All they have to do is sign up to ensure that they continue their meal distribution that they had throughout the school year,” says McCombs. “Then we will have satellite locations where parents can come and get their meals but we also offer a delivery model."
The district hopes to fill another void starting next week with a full-day free summer school program.
"We have seen that some segments of our population have experienced at least a 30% difference between where they would have performed in a typical year as opposed to where they're performing at the end of this year,” says McCombs. “So we know we have work to do with regards to remediation."
Summer school starts July 6 for Camden students in kindergarten through eighth grade.