IDEA’s Child Nutrition Program (CNP) will be providing free breakfast and lunch to all children 18 years and younger, whether they are IDEA students, or those from the surrounding Baton Rouge community. 

IDEA Public Schools wants to ensure that children, especially in low income areas, can continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer.    

“It’s a humbling experience to be able to provide meals to our students every school day, because we don’t know if that child has food at home or if they know where their next meal is going to come from,” says Fernando Aguilar, IDEA’s Child Nutrition Program Director of Operations and Farms. “It’s an honor to have this as one of our responsibilities.” 

Aguilar also stresses how this commitment to providing proper health and nutrition is vital to support IDEA’s mission to make all kids college ready, pointing out that if children are worried  about where their next meal is going to come from, they may not be focused completely on their studies or pay attention in class.   

All existing IDEA campuses will be participating. Cafeterias will serve breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. starting Monday, June 3 through Thursday, June 27. No form of identification is required to receive a meal.  

The existing Baton Rouge campuses are:

  • IDEA Innovation – 7800 Innovation Park Dr. 
  • IDEA Bridge – 1500 N Airway Drive 

If you have questions or need additional information on IDEA’s Child Nutrition program, contact Jennifer Flores, Regional Communications Manager, at 210-551-9253 or  

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