HOLMES COUNTY – Food insecurity plagues 3,170 people or 16 percent of the population in Holmes County, according to CountyHealthRankings.org. And during summer time, some students feel the pains associated with food insecurity.
The Holmes County School Board will begin its summer food program on June 11. The program aims to feed children that might possibly not have any other nutritious meals during the summer break.
By definition, food insecurity is the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.
According to census.gov the median annual household income in Holmes County is $37,437 which is above the Federal Poverty Level ; however 24 percent of Holmes County residents fall below that level. With 16 percent of Holmes County children coming from single parent households, that number increases.
The Holmes District School Board’s Summer BreakSpot will begin June 11 and end on July 19. Free nutritious meals to kids and teens under age 18, will be provided at area schools throughout the summer.
Breakfast and lunch will be served and there are no forms to fill out or registration to complete, every child 18 and younger is eligible to participate.
The program will be Monday thru Thursday with breakfast being served from 8:30 a.m. until 9 a.m.. Lunch will be served from 10:50 a.m. -11:35 a.m.. The week of July 2, in observance of Independence Day holiday the program will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of that week with the same hours.
Bonifay K-8, Bethlehem, Ponce de Leon and Poplar Springs Schools will each host the program.
BreakSpot will be offered at Bonifay K-8, Bethlehem, Ponce de Leon Elem. and Poplar Springs.
This program will be Monday – Thursday except for the week of July 2 and it will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Breakfast will be served 8:30-9:00 a.m. and lunch will be served from 10:50-11:35 a.m.