Summer program offers nutritious meals for Meridian children

Bianca Moorman / The Meridian Star

Monturryous Gordon and Mireades Gordon enjoy a meal at Magnolia Middle School in Meridian. The school is one of several sites in the district where children under 18 can receive a free meal as part of the Meridian Public School District's summer feeding program. 

Teyres Douglas is glad she doesn’t have to cook for her grandchildren while they are off from school this summer. 

A trip to Magnolia Middle School in Meridian takes the load of preparing a meal off her shoulders. 

“It’s good for the kids and it's good for the parents," said Douglas, one of many parents and grandparents whose children and grandchildren are participating in the Meridian Public School District's summer feeding program. The free program offers breakfast and lunch to children 18 and under. 

Louise D. McPhee, the child nutrition director for the district, said that about 100 kids come in for breakfast, while around 300 students eat lunch at the program's various sites. 

Parent Felicia Jenkins said the program helps make sure children eat a healthy meal they might not otherwise get.

“There's a lot of kids that don’t eat," Jenkins said. "So this will help them during the day when they are not in school.” 

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