Here’s how children can get breakfast and lunch in Benzie and Manistee counties

School districts in Benzie and Manistee counties are making sure their students are getting enough to eat even after the end of the school year.

“Children in lower-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs,” reads a statement on the department of education’s summer food service program website.


Under the program, breakfast and lunch is open to all children up to 18 years of age, and up to 26 years of age for certain individuals with cognitive disabilities.

Children do not have to attend school in a district to participate in a district’s summer meal program.

Benzie County Central Schools

Area schools are taking advantage of the Michigan Department of Education’s Meet Up and Eat Up summer lunch program to get meals to children 18 and under free of charge, regardless of where they attend school.

Here’s where children can get breakfast and lunch in Benzie and Manistee counties.

  • Kaleva Norman Dickson Schools at 4400 N. High Bridge Road, Brethren. Breakfast will be from 8: 45-9: 45 am and lunch will be served from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Monday through Thursday until July 28, and from Monday through Friday from Aug. 8-19.
  • Manistee Middle High School at 525 12th St., Manistee. Breakfast will be available from 7: 45-8: 30 am and lunch will be served from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Monday through Thursday at Manistee Middle High School.
  • Jefferson Elementary School at 515 Bryant Ave., Manistee. Breakfast and lunch can be picked up at Jefferson Elementary School Mondays through Fridays. Breakfast is available from 7: 45-8: 15 am and lunch is available at 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Armory Youth Project at Armory Youth Project, located at 555 First St. in Manistee. Meals will be provided from 11:30 am to 1 pm Monday through Friday through Aug. 19.
  • Crystal Lake Elementary School at 7048 Severance St., Benzonia. Breakfast is served from 9-9: 30 am and lunch is served from noon to 12:30 pm Monday through Thursdays through July 28.
  • Lake Ann Elementary School at 19375 Bronson Lake Road, Interlochen. Breakfast is served from 9-9: 45 am and lunch is served from noon to 12:45 pm Monday through Friday at Lake Ann Elementary starting June 20. The program will run through Aug. 19.


Lisa Purchase, food service director for Benzie County Central Schools, is taking part in the Michigan Department of Education’s Meet up Eat Up Summer Food Service Program.

Purchase said students can grab lunch and breakfast at Crystal Lake Elementary School from June 20 through July 28.

Breakfast is served from 9-9: 30 am and lunch is served from noon to 12:30 pm Monday through Thursdays.

Breakfast and lunch will be available Monday through Friday at Lake Ann Elementary starting June 20 and will run through Aug. 19.

Breakfast is served from 9-9: 45 am and lunch is served from noon to 12:45 pm

The meal programs will not be available on July 4.

Purchase said there are new state regulations that require students to stay on site while eating as opposed to last year, when students and parents could grab meals to go or stock up for the week.

Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools

While Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools will continue to provide meals for certain summer programs, the district will not be hosting a summer meal program open to the general public.

Superintendent Jeff Tousley said difficulty finding cooks for the school’s meal programs is the reason the school district will not be having a summer lunch program.

Manistee Area Public Schools

Manistee Area Public Schools has two different summer meal sites, according to Keri Carlson, nutrition director for the school district.

“We started on June 7 with the summer meal program, so we didn’t miss a day of feeding students,” Carlson said.

Breakfast and lunch is available at Manistee Middle High School from 7: 45-8: 30 am Monday through Thursday, and lunch is available from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm The high school site will be closed the week of the Fourth of July.

Breakfast and lunch also can be picked up at Jefferson Elementary School Mondays through Fridays. Breakfast is available from 7:45 -8: 15 am and lunch is available from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

The site also will be closed for the Fourth of July.

“We’re trying to coordinate with our summer school and summer camps,” Carlson said. “We want to keep kids fed in the summer, especially with the economy right now. The cost of food has gone up. ”

Manistee Are Public Schools also is providing the summer meal program for CASMAN Academy.

Armory Youth Project

The Armory Youth Project in Manistee is sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program for children.

Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under or persons up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled that is recognized by a state or local public educational agency.

Meals will be provided from 11:30 am to 1 pm Monday through Friday from June 13 to Aug. 19 at Armory Youth Project, located at 555 First St. in Manistee.

No meals will be served the week of July 4-10.

The Armory Youth Project provides after-school and summer programming for students in grades 6-12. Programs include art, basketball, gardening, cooking classes, archery tag, volleyball, disc golf, soccer and more.

Kaleva Norman Dickson Schools

Kaleva Norman Dickson Schools will be hosting lunch and breakfast, according to Tim Klenow, food service director for the school district.

He also said it would serve as the summer meal program for students from Onekema Consolidated Schools and Bear Lake Schools.

Breakfast will be held from 8: 45-9: 45 am and lunch will be served from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Monday through Thursday until July 28, and from Monday through Friday from Aug. 8-19.

“Any kid can come eat here,” Klenow said. “They just have to stay here and eat on site; we don’t have curbside service anymore. ”

Klenow said he hopes to get the school nutrition van out in the community to have a few mobile lunch locations for the summer.

“This is a great program. Any kid can come eat here, “he said.” I really encourage families to take advantage of this program. Sometimes it is hard for children and families to get the nutrition they need through the summer. ”

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