Department of Agriculture offers HPSD free meal program


HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Department of Agriculture wants kids to eat right during the summer. USDA helped fund Hattiesburg Public School District (HPSD) with its 'Summer Nutrition Program' which offers kids a free breakfast and lunch.

Day Camp Supervisor Jessica Wright said its a good program for the kids. "Most of the kids come from low-income families and sometimes that is all they get to eat" said Wright.

The goal of the program is to teach kids the benefits of healthy eating, but especially provide meals during the summer months.

HPSD Director of Communications JasN Smith said, "A lot of times making an easy meal is not always the nutritious thing."

Smith added, "This way we can provide those nutritious meals and have those vegetables and fruits on a consistent basis."

Hattiesburg High and Burger Middle will serve children from May 31 through July 15. Thames Elementary will serve children from June 1 through July 21. All sites will serve breakfast from 7:30 a.m. until 8:45 a.m. and lunch from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is no charge for children 18 years old and under. If parents/guardians or any adult would like to eat with their children, breakfast is $2.00 and lunch is $3.25.

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