Pascagoula- Gautier School District Starts Summer Feeding Program

Ensuring children maintain a proper diet is the goal of the Pascagoula- Gautier School District. They gained a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide free breakfast and lunch to all children all summer long for the first time since 2011.
Sarah Busby, Assistant Director of child nutrition for the Pascagoula-Gautier School District, said, “ when school is not in session, we know that food insecurity occurs in school age children.” The summer feeding program is not just limited to students in the school district. It’s open to all children in the community. With 80% of students in the Pascagoula- Gautier School District qualifying for free or reduced lunch, officials know the need is dire. That’s why the district is expanding the free meal program to all children under 18, even children as young as babies. “It’s extending the need past school age children to any child that may be home all summer without eating,” said Busby.
Nutrition specialists hope the community will take advantage of this free meal program to ensure all children are not only eating, but eating healthy.
The sites offering free meals are College Park Elementary and Cherokee Elementary in Gautier as well as the Pascagoula Opportunity Center.

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