"There is no such thing as a free lunch," economist Milton Friedman once said.

Officials and volunteers at Zion United Church of Christ beg to differ. Every weekday they offer free lunches to any student in the Lehighton Area School District.

The program was started because of the large volume of students in the district qualifying for free or reduced lunches.

Church secretary Kenneth Leffler filed an application on behalf of the church with the Pa. Department of Education to provide summer lunches.