Hattiesburg school district to begin summer food service program

photo credit: WDAM
photo credit: WDAM

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg Public School District's Summer Food Service program will kick off next week.

Children under the age of 18 will be able to get free breakfast and lunch at several locations in Hattiesburg like N. R. Burger Middle School, Hattiesburg High school and Thames Elementary School.

Several summer groups like the YMCA's Summer Camp take their kids to food service locations for lunch.

"It's good because they serve fruit and they serve sandwiches," said camper Terrika Spencer.

Director of Child Nutrition Alexsis Caston said she is glad HPSD gets to help out the community.

"It's really a big help for the family for the parents, that two meals a day you don't need to provide for your kids because we're here," said Caston.

Caston said they make sure the kids get the healthiest food possible and offer several options for their breakfast and lunches.

"We have to offer a meat alternate, a fruit a vegetable, fluid milk and a bread  alternate every day," said Caston.

Single parents Serena Johnson-Smith said this is a relief because she works full-time.

"You know food is expensive and it helps when you have assistance with the children, that you know in the summer time that their eating properly," said Smith.

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8:45 in the morning and lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Parents can also join their kids, but they are required to pay $2 for breakfast and $3.25 for lunch.

N. R. Burger Middle School starts serving lunch on May 30 and will end on July 15, and Thames Elementary School starts on June 1 and ends on July 15.