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      Program allows kids to enjoy free lunch during the summer

      If you have a child up to the age of 18 they can receive free lunch during the summer.

      It's all part of the summer food service program.

      Just because schools out doesn't mean your child has to miss out on a nutritious lunch.Starting Monday your child can eat lunch for free through the summer food service program.

      It's a federal program aimed at making sure children in low income families have a healthy meal.

      "If families have their children eat at school for breakfast or lunch all school year and suddenly they have their kids home for the summer with no added income they might not necessarily have the healthy meals that they should get year round,"said Karen Anderson, Superintendent of North Star Academy.

      In Marquette, Lawry's Pasty Shop will serve meals at North Star Academy and the Lake Superior Youth and Family center.

      Just last year they served 1,500 meals.

      "We're happy to have anyone come in all the kids up to age 18 not our kids. Anyone can walk in the door and have a free lunch," Anderson said.

      The program is also happening through the Gwinn Area Schools.

      They will be serving at K.I. Sawyer Elementary, K.I Sawyer Community Center, and the Gwinn High School.

      Gwinn Area Schools is also offering summer school programs, and those kids can also receive lunch.

      "Children in our summer school programs get a free breakfast also before the program starts. Then, we arrange busing so that the students can stay for lunch and then they're bused home," said Beth Bond, Gwinn Area Schools.

      Lunch is served Monday through Friday at noon until August 22.