St. Martin, Vancleave Offering Breakfast, Lunch Favorites During Summer Feeding Program

The official menu for a new summer feeding program starts June 3 at St. Martin High School.

The hot yeast rolls. Square slices of ooey-gooey pepperoni and cheese pizza. And, who could forget the mouth-watering, peanut butter balls.

Those were the good ol’ days of cafeteria food in school? Now, think about missing that meal as a student, or not eating at all. That’s what many students face while school is in session.

But that hunger doesn’t stop during the summer months. In fact, keeping children healthy while school is out for summer break is now a focus among a growing population in the Jackson County School District.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer.

Two schools in Jackson County will be providing meals free of charge to local youth, starting next week.

“Learning doesn’t stop during the summer, so why should proper nutrition?” said Dr. Barry Amacker, superintendent of the Jackson County School District.

Right now, more than 50% of St. Martin and Vancleave students are eligible for free and reduced meals during the school year, which is why the school district is eager to sponsor this summer feeding program.

“During the summer months, many families worry about feeding their children,” said Ashley Harris, child nutrition director for JCSD. “So we are opening our doors to the public and serving hot, well-balanced meals that are student favorites!”

The cost is free for anyone age 18 and younger. And, adults may also eat at either location for $3 per meal – cash or check only.

The meals will be served beginning Monday, June 3, and running through July 26. The only closure will be July 5 to July 5. Harris notes that no income requirements or registration is required to enjoy the hot meals, which will be served at two locations in the school district:

In St. Martin, breakfast will be served at St. Martin High School (11300 Yellowjacket Drive, Ocean Springs, MS 39564) Monday through Friday from 7 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.

And, Vancleave Middle School (Highway 57 North, 4725 Bulldog Lane, Vancleave, MS 39565) will serve breakfast Monday through Friday 7 to 8 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Click here for monthly menus at both schools.

The summer feedings begin Monday June 3 and runs through July 26. The only closure will be July 1 through July 5.

Call 826-2133, or visit https://www.jcsd.ms/ for more information.

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Written by Keith Wilson

A resident of St. Martin, Mississippi, Keith Wilson is a multimedia journalist and small business owner of Streetcar PR, which he began in 2013 while living in the New Orleans, Louisiana metro area.

As a 2004 graduate of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi, Keith earned a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism. He also holds a Master of Arts in higher education student affairs from The University of Mississippi, where he graduated in 2007.

He is a multimedia journalist covering city government, tourism, casinos, features and human interest news through Streetcar PR and posts #yourlocalnews on his professional page: facebook.com/MMJkeithwilson. He also does freelance journalism for the Sun Herald.

Keith’s past media experience includes working as a multimedia journalist for The Biloxi-D’Iberville Press and a news content specialist and front desk operator at WLOX-TV. During his time with the weekly newspaper, the Mississippi Press Association honored Keith with multiple honors in its Better Newspapers Contest, including a third place Phillips Freedom of Information Award in 2017. He was most recently recognized as 2019 Media Partner of the Year by Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers.

He is active as community leader across Coastal Mississippi, currently serving as president of the North Bay Civitan Club of D’Iberville-St. Martin and the D’Iberville Historical Society. He is a board member for Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers and is the immediate past board president for the Mental Health Association of South Mississippi. Keith also served as vice president of public affairs for the Biloxi Bay Area Chamber of Commerce in 2018-2019. And he is a member of Hibernia Marching Society of South Mississippi.

In addition, Keith served seven years on the board for the Gulf Coast Metro Chapter of Southern Miss Alumni Association, and one year as a member of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community Leadership Council for the MS-AL Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

A four-time recipient of the outstanding club president recognition from the Magnolia District of Civitan International, Keith also was recognized as the City of Biloxi’s 2010 Outstanding Community Volunteer of the Year.

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