Summer News - Supper, Special Events & Transportation
Summer 2017 is here and will fly by before we know it! Jackson Public Schools will serve summer meals to children at 48 sites this year. “We have tried to reach every corner of Jackson so children in need can be close to a nutritious meal” says Brant Russell, Food Service Director for Jackson Public Schools. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child's need for good nutrition. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free, nutritious meals to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school. Children who miss breakfast and lunch are more likely to be sick, disruptive, and inattentive. Good nutrition is essential for learning and good health. SFSP provides an opportunity to continue a child's physical and social development while providing nutritious meals during long vacation periods from school. It helps children return to school ready to learn. Last year, Jackson Public Schools served 13,824 breakfasts and 60,583 lunches over the eight week program. “Many of these children would have had a challenging summer if it weren’t for our summer meals program,” says Russell. “This year we are planning a large outreach to the community to ensure that every child knows where they can go to receive a free summer meal”,
Nutrition Services at Jackson Public Schools is based at the Operations Center across from Hunt Elementary at 1401 N. Brown Street. We are committed to educate and model to others proper nutrition, which helps students succeed physically and academically. You can contact us at (517) 841-2172.
The Food Service Department provides breakfast and lunch daily at all of Jackson Public School’s facilities. Snacks are served at after-school educational programs. A dinner program is available at many elementary schools, Middle School at Parkside, and TA Wilson for students who are enrolled in after-school programs.
Catering services are available both on and off-site for school and community events. Please call (517) 841-2174 for more information or to place an order. You may also email Dillan Russell or call his cell phone at (517) 750-8199.
The Food Service Team appreciates your input and may be contacted via phone or email - please check the Food Services - Staff page for details.
Nutrition News!FUN FACTS:Cantaloupe is the most popular type of melon in the US. It provides 100% of the daily recommended values of Vitamin A and C. Did you know ... Cantaloupe will not get sweeter after harvesting the fruit.Zucchini is better when it is harvested at a smaller size while the rind is still tender. Did you know ... the flowers are edible too!Fresh Dill which has wispy, feathery leaves is a culinary herb that is most often used as a pickling spice. It is also widely used in soups, salad dressings, potato and fish dishesCheck for more information on these fruits and vegetables in the school cafeteria.
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