A recent study ranked Mississippi as the state with the highest rate of hunger in our nation. Nearly one in four Mississippi residents under the age of 18 do not have enough food to eat.
During the school year, many of these children receive their lunch and breakfast at little to no cost.
However, over the summer months, many are left without the safety net of school nutrition programs.
Consequently, each year, the United State Department of Agriculture partners with local school districts to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer.
5 out of 6 kids who rely on free or reduced-price school meals aren’t getting free meals in the summer. In a state such as Mississippi, that can be partly due to logistics.
There are many small towns and communities which can make it difficult to get children to the sites where food is being provided. In a recent press release, the West Bolivar Consolidated School District encouraged, “churches, camps and community organizations to utilize vans and buses in your area to help our children get to these sites for nutritional meals.”
Children do not need to be enrolled in the schools to participate in the program. It is open to all children age 18 and under.
West Bolivar School District will begin its summer feeding program on Friday June 1st. The locations for meal will be West Bolivar Elementary School located at 1212 South Main Street in Rosedale, Ray Brooks School located at 1827 Highway 1 in Benoit or McEvans School located at 601 Highway 61 North in Shaw.
The menu for the West Bolivar program is available online at http://www.wbcsdk12.org/child-nutrition Meals will be served Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
North Bolivar School District will begin its program today.
Locations for meal will be IT Montgomery Elementary School located at 202 Martin Luther King Drive in Mound Bayou and Broad Street High School located at 1305 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in helby.
Meals will be served Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information on the programs, contact the school districts.