TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A program in Lee County is providing students, who could otherwise go hungry, with meals during their summer break from school.
This summer, the Tupelo Hunger Coalition is offering a program to students called "Breakbox."
They get free or reduced-price meals while they are at school; but during breaks, they do not.
That is where "Breakbox" comes in.
During June, July and August, students will get a box that has snacks and meals, like canned vegetables, instant oatmeal and potato chips.
There are seven spots in the county where they pick up the boxes, and Joyner Elementary School is one of them.
Kimberly Foster is the principal at Joyner, and she said students who have good hygiene and good nutrition are more likely to be better students.
“They are going to be better prepared to be great contributors to our community," she said. "I think it says a lot that we have a community that backs our students and backs the best things for the kids."
All students in the Tupelo and Lee County school districts have access to the meals during school breaks.
The Tupelo Hunger Coalition is taking donations to fill those boxes.
You can text "BREAKBOX" to 40403 to donate.
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