COPY-J.P.S. Offers Free Lunches - - Jackson, MS

Jackson 06/04/07

COPY-J.P.S. Offers Free Lunches

By David Kenney  

For the next six weeks, free lunches are being served in 13 J.P.S. elementary and middle schools. It's called the Summer Food Program, an extension of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program, and is designed to provide high-quality meals to students who would normally go without.

Deputy Superintendent of Operations Michael Thomas says, "This is our opportunity to have an area where we can communicate to parents; let them know this will be a safe environment for the child to come in and also get a free hot lunch."

This is the 16th year the program has been in operation. The first day of the free lunches at Whitten Elementary, nearly 100 kids had taken advantage of the sausage pizza, corn, and salad. The only stipulation to get the free meal is you have to be age 18 or younger.

Thomas says, "So the parents already know that we do a good job with that.  So we see this as even more of an incentive for them to say we're 'O.K.' with J.P.S. So we're going to send our child or our children over there so they can participate."

Lunchtime is 11 am to 12:30 PM through July 13th. They will be closed the 4th of July, but other than that their doors will be open and the place set.  All the kids have to do is show up.

The schools participating in the free lunch program are:

  • Baker Elementary School
  • Blackburn Middle School
  • Brown Elementary School
  • Clausell Elementary School
  • Galloway Elementary School
  • Lake Elementary School
  • Lester Elementary School
  • McWillie Elementary School
  • Oak Forest Elementary School
  • Pecan Park Elementary School
  • Powell Middle School
  • Watkins Elementary School
  • Whitten Middle School




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