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BTS summer food program rocks

May 30, 2014 - Linda Lobeck
The free summer food program offered through the Breitung Township Schools is back again this year and has expanded with bringing the breakfast and lunch meals to different locations.

All I can say is how wonderful it is that the school district and its food service staff are in providing these nutritious meals to area children. All children, age 18 and under, regardless of income, can take advantage of the meals. They can go to Woodland Elementary School or get the meals where they are participating in summer camps and programs once school gets out.

The meals are starting June 9, and continue through Aug. 15. This summer, they are also offering the meals at Quinnesec Park, the childcare program through the Community Schools at North Elementary School in Iron Mountain and even at the Northern Lights YMCA in Iron Mountain.

I’ve talked with Vicki Waterman, director of food and nutrition service at BTS, at different times since they first started with the program during the summer of 2012. I’m so impressed with her enthusiasm and her staff’s efforts to make sure all kids get nutritious meals during the summer months.

They are really going above and beyond what they need to do and the support from the school district is equally impressive. So many families have parents both working during the summer months and it’s reassuring for them to know that their kids can get a healthy, well-balanced meal during the week days.

These ladies at BTS are constantly thinking of what different things they can serve and offer quite a variety each day that appeal to the kids of all ages that take advantage of the program. They also offer the meals to parents, grandparents and other adults who would come with the kids for lunch or breakfast at a nominal cost of $2.75, which is a deal for sure.

This summer food program is just another example of how this community comes together to make sure kids are taken care of and no one goes hungry.


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