The Jackson Public School District is doing their part to make sure no child goes hungry this summer.
No child should ever have to worry about where their next meal will come from, but for many children it’s a heartbreaking reality.
Many students in the Jackson Public School District rely on school for not only education, but for at least one nutritious meal a day, which is why JPS leaders are making sure those meals don’t stop just because school is out.
“We strive within the district to offer so many different programs not just breakfast lunch but we do afternoon snacks we do breakfast in the classroom we do all kind of things that we hope for those that are unfortunate who are not able to get it will have the opportunity to,” JPS Director of Food services, Mary Hill said.
Mary Hill says JPS faces different challenges than many other districts around the state.
“We do face challenges simply because of our numbers and the fact that many of our students in the city of Jackson are low income students and that’s why the district is always looking for opportunities to help our students,” Hill said.
The Program begins June 4th and ends July 13th. Lunch is offered Monday through Friday 11 am to 12:30 pm.
If you’re under the age of 18 and a student you can get a free hot lunch at one of the 12 schools participating. The Schools participating are;
-Blackburn Middle School
-Clasusell Elementary School
-Galloway Elementary School
-Hardy Middle School
-Key Elementary School
-Lake Elementary School
-Lanier High School
-McWillie Elementary School
-North Jackson Elementary School
-Oak Forest Elementary School
-Powell Middle School
-Rowan Middle School
“It is cost saving for them in that one meal a day they don’t have to worry about we do cook they are hot meals we ask no questions as long as they are between the ages of 0-18 they can just walk in and get a hot meal,” Hill explained.
This is the 27th year for the district’s summer feeding program and Hill says she’s hoping to see more families take advantage of the program.