First Student employees and Juneau School District food services supervisor Adrianne Schwartz, left, carry student meals off the bus they’re being distributed from near Juneau-Douglas High School:Yadaa.at Kalé, March 16, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

First Student employees and Juneau School District food services supervisor Adrianne Schwartz, left, carry student meals off the bus they’re being distributed from near Juneau-Douglas High School:Yadaa.at Kalé, March 16, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

Juneau schools announce free meals ahead of Alaska Day weekend

Four days worth of food will be available on Friday.

Nearly 7,000 meals — 3,400 breakfasts and 3,400 lunches — will be available to Juneau children on Friday, Oct. 16, Juneau School District announced.

The free breakfasts and lunches will be available to all youths 18 and younger in the community ahead of the three-day, Alaska Day weekend. Alaska Day is a state holiday that celebrates the formal transfer of the Alaska Territory from Russia to the U.S. The holiday, which is celebrated on Oct. 18, falls on a Sunday this year, so the public holiday is being observed on Monday. That means four days worth of lunch will be available on Friday.

The Juneau School District school meal program makes meals available to all Juneau students younger than 18 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. inside the front entrance of any Juneau school. They are also available at Gruening and Cedar parks from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The meals are free regardless of eligibility for free or reduced-price lunches and can be microwaved at home, according to Juneau schools. For breakfast, meals will include hot oatmeal, French toast and breakfast omelet tacos. For lunch, meals will include burritos, cheeseburgers and grilled chicken burgers.

• Contact Ben Hohenstatt at (907)308-4895 or bhohenstatt@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BenHohenstatt.

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