Breakfast and lunch to be served to-go style for anyone 18 years and under
IMLAY CITY — The school district’s summer food program will return in 2021 but it will look different from past years. Starting Monday, June 28, breakfast and lunch will start being served from Borland Elementary School. Prior to the pandemic, the Middle School served as the program’s home base. In the past, participants were required to eat the food onsite but this time around food will be packaged in “to go” containers. Also different this year is the food program’s length–four weeks instead of the usual six.
What hasn’t changed? The program remains open and free to anyone 18 and under and those older than 18 who participate in a program for the mentally or physically handicapped.
Roxanne Pierce, Imlay City School’s Food Service Director, said the district’s summer programming is moving to Borland Elementary due to construction projects at other school buildings. Additionally, due to the pandemic, district leaders want to limit groups from congregating within the school and believe that allowing for meal pickups are a better option.
“For students in the migrant and summer childcare programs, we’ll be taking the food to the classrooms for them,” Pierce said.
“We’re trying to protect the kids going to classes within the building.”
Pierce notes that the summer food program models its schedule around the migrant program and when they opted to scale back to four weeks of instruction, food service did the same.
Last year, the district opted to not offer any summer programming due to pandemic-related school closures that began in the spring.
Breakfast will be served from 7:45-9 a.m. followed by lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. five days a week, starting June 28 and running through July 26. No food will be served on Monday, July 5, when Independence Day will be recognized.
Pierce said the food service staff will deliver packaged meals to adults at the front doors of Borland. Families may pick up both meals at the same time if desired.
All meals include fruits and vegetables and a beverage, including milk.
The breakfast menu is set from week to week with designated meals for each day of the week while the lunch menu changes from day to day but features many kid-centric meals regularly offered during the school year like beef and cheese nachos, chicken nuggets, French toast and sausage and spaghetti.
The offerings for both meals can be found on the district’s website, www.icschools.us.
Parents and guardians are welcome to purchase meals as well. Cost is $3 for breakfast and $4.25 for lunch.