King City Union School District
Staff from the King City Union School District hang a sign at Del Rey Elementary School announcing they will begin free meal service for children on Monday, March 23. (Photo by Sean Roney)

KING CITY — Elementary schools in King City will offer free meals to children ages 1 through 18 beginning Monday, March 23.

King City High School already offers free meals on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday will mark the first day of weekday meals at Del Rey Elementary School and King City Arts Magnet School from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

No meals are served from Chalone Peaks Middle School or Santa Lucia Elementary School.

“They’ll drive through and we’ll ask how many children, because it’s for children,” said Chris Artea, food services director for King City Union School District.

Artea noted that children do need to be present, per national school lunch regulations.

“We’ll give them their breakfast and lunch, so they’re going to get both meals,” she said about the meal packages that children will receive.

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Sean Roney is a freelance reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for the Salinas Valley communities in South Monterey County.


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