Summertime for many kids means school is out and playtime is in. But for some children, school being out for the summer also means they may go hungry.
A number of students qualify for free or reduced lunch during the school year. And during the summer, their parents' income doesn't get any higher.
So what are they to do about lunch? They can turn to the Summer Food Service Program at North Star Academy in Marquette.
The program's purpose is to provide free lunches to any child in the area, and it is served at North Star Academy's multi-purpose room and at the Lake Superior Village's Child and Family Center.
"They don't have to be students of North Star Academy; there's no paperwork required. We've applied for the program, and this is our third year that we're running it. So we serve free lunches to any child who shows up here, up to age 18, at 12 o'clock, Monday through Friday, until August 23rd," said Karen Anderson, Superintendent for North Star Academy.
After doing research and realizing many students don't have nutritious meals during the summer once school is out, the Federal Government designed the Summer Food Service Program to provide free meals to children, so no child would go hungry.
Lawry's Pasties of Marquette County agreed to run the summer program, preparing and serving the meals each day at North Star and the Village.
"The lunch program's great because it feeds all the kids from the village, all the kids from Marquette that want to come. It's great because it's free, and who doesn't love free food, right?" said Amanda Schreiber, Program Aide at Lake Superior Village.
"I do!" said Jessie Tracy, who comes for lunch everyday.
"And it smells good. I've never eaten it, but it tastes good, right?" Schreiber asked.
"Yeah!" Tracy said.
"So it's just positive because it brings all the kids together, gives them a place to go for lunch when their parents are at work. They can come here and eat, and they don't have to worry about it," Schreiber said.