MARKED TREE, Ark. (KAIT) - A Northeast Arkansas school district wants to make sure no student goes hungry. Even on the weekends.
Administrators for the Marked Tree School District announced that beginning Friday, Oct. 30, it would send every child home with four meals for their Saturday and Sunday breakfasts and lunches.
This is thanks to a series of waivers the school is using through the government.
With the pandemic, the restrictions on food service programs for schools, like patterned meal serving, have been relaxed.
Marked Tree is taking advantage of this opportunity to feed nearly 500 students throughout the weekends.
Superintendent Matt Wright said this, along with the other food services they provide, helps make sure no student goes home hungry.
“Hunger is definitely a very real issue, not just in Marked Tree, but in Northeast Arkansas," said Wright. "Over 80% of our kids are free and reduced lunch and so you know there definitely is that need and I just feel like it’s a moral and ethical obligation that we have to do everything we can for the most disadvantaged people and do everything we can to help.”
The meals will be supplied to all students at no charge and passed out to all students on Fridays as they leave.
The administration said the plan is to “make sure every child has access to food on the weekends” during this time.
The district also has a backpack program that provides snacks and easy meals for students to make on the weekends.
On Wednesday, Marked Tree School District also announced a $25,000 grant it was awarded to feed entire families once a week for the next year.