Free meals for students begins Monday in Marquette
For some students, school meals are the only consistent meals they receive. That's why, for the second summer in a row, Marquette Area Public Schools (MAPS) is offering free breakfast and lunch for the community through their “Summer Food Service Program.”
"There's a gap in the summer time from the end of school to the beginning of the next school year, where some children may not have access to good, wholesome meals, and the Summer Food Service Program fills in that gap," said MAPS Food Service Director, Chris Collins.
The meals are offered at both the Marquette Senior High School (MSHS) and Graveraet Elementary. The meals are free for students ags 18 and younger, and the cost per meal for adults is $3.50.
Collins adds that he was pleased with the number of community members that took advantage of the meals on Monday.
"It was great to see so many students and children involved in the program. We also had a couple families and it was great to see some families involved, too. We had a really good turnout this morning," Collins said.
According to MAPS Superintendent, Bill Saunders, a majority of the food program's participants are summer school students.
"Obviously, you know, one of the major factors in learning is that you have a good, healthy meal; you have energy to burn as your brain and body are working," Saunders said.
Saunders added that the program not only helps to feed the community, but it can help ease the minds of working and struggling parents during the summer.
"If we can help fill that void and help some families out that are maybe struggling a little bit to put some food on the table, then this is a great program for that," he said.
Breakfast at MSHS is held Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Lunch at MSHS takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., lunch is also held Monday through Friday at Graveraet Elementary School.
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