OUR VIEW: Food that’s in when school is out

By Daily News • Last Updated 11:12 am on Thursday, June 07, 2012

Children who are part of low-income or even homeless families continue to make up a sizable portion of the population in Montcalm County and surrounding areas.

Local school officials are continuing to step up to the challenge, as they have in years past.

Central Montcalm Public School and Vestaburg Community Schools officials recently announced they are collaborating to sponsor the Summer Food Service Program. Free breakfast and lunch meals will be available throughout this summer to youths 18 and younger or people up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled.

The program began in 2005 through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program’s motto is, “Food that’s in when school is out.”

Anyone can find the location of a summer food program in their area by calling 1-877-3-HUNGRY. People can open their own feeding site in a community or building or church, or sign up to volunteer as part of the program.

People can also become sponsors of the program — like Central Montcalm and Vestaburg schools did — which requires a high level of commitment and an educational component. Central Montcalm will be teaching children about nutrition and exercise, while Vestaburg is hosting a summer school program for three weeks this month.

For more information about the Summer Food Service Program, visit www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/summer/ or call your local school district office to find out if they are participating in the program this summer. Thankfully, there are options out there for our local children.

Editorial opinions are the consensus of The Daily News editorial board.

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