State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell has announced economically disadvantaged children may receive free meals during the traditional summer recess at more than 3,200 locations, including three in Del Norte County.

Children 18 years and younger in low-income areas and persons over 18 who participate in a public or nonprofit private school program for the mentally or physically disabled may receive free meals through the Summer Food Service and the Seamless Summer Feeding Option programs.

There are three sites in Del Norte County: Del Norte High School, 1301 El Dorado St., Crescent City; Joe Hamilton Elementary, 1050 E St., Crescent City; and Smith River Elementary, 134 First St., Smith River.

The contact for the Del Norte County sites is Judy Wangerin, who can be reached at 464-0214.

Normally during the school year, economically disadvantaged children are eligible to receive at least one nutritious meal a day while at school. But when school is out during the long summer recess, children can miss out on these well-balanced and nutritious meals that are important to their growth and development.