Swartz Creek Community Schools offering free summer meal program
(06/18/18) -- Tackling hunger, one meal at a time. Swartz Creek Community Schools is doing its part to make sure no child or teen goes hungry this Summer.
The district is able to offer free breakfast and lunch Monday through Thursday thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service program.
"After we started a program earlier in the school year, feeding kids after school, we recognized that there was a huge need for food in our community and so once we identified we were doing about 160-180 meals a day for supper, we identified that we needed more meals during the Summer," said Michael Swensel, Food Service Director for Swartz Creek Community Schools.
Anyone 18 and younger in the Genesee County area can get the free meals.
Swarz Creek High School, Deick Elementary and Winshall Park are offering the service beginning Monday, June 18.
Hot and cold meals are available depending on the day.
The school district will buy the food from their distributors and then the USDA's food service program reimburses the district.
This is the first time Swartz Creek Schools has offered the free program
"It pays for itself over and over again. Not only do the students enjoy that and have the energy to get through the day, but their behavior is tamed down when they have a full stomach in the morning," Swensel said.
Breakfast is served from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and lunch is served 11:00-12:00 Monday through Thursday at the locations mentioned above.
There is no need to sign up.