(WLNS) – A federal program is offering free lunch to students over summer break. A lot of kids are taking advantage of it at schools and community centers across the U.S. Right here in mid-Michigan students can get a hot meal at no cost.
At the Concord Schools lunch program 6 News went to Tuesday, any child, regardless of their parent’s income could take part.
All students had to do was show up and bring an appetite.
Like clockwork at noon kids from all over the Hanover community converge at a park to sit and enjoy a meal together.
It’s the seventh day of the Concord Schools lunch program at this location.
And for some it has already become a routine.
Reporter: “How many times have you been here?”
“Oh about four times,” said Lily Medley, student.
While these programs are intended to provide nutritious food for needy children, it benefits many more than that.
The program has become a meeting place for kids in the summertime when parents are either working, unable to provide a meal or just wanting their kids to go out and play.
“I like the food and I always play at the park,” said Haylee Graham, student.
“I can eat and see everybody that comes out here,” said Alexis Bedell, student.
There aren’t many rules here, but the ones that do exist are easy to follow.
You must pick at least three pieces of food and you must be younger than 18.
Most kids come on their own whether by walking with a sibling or riding bikes with friends.
But no matter where kids come from, they are welcome.
For more information on school lunch programs across Jackson County, click: Summer lunch programs