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Supper is served

posted Feb 10, 2017, 7:42 AM by Cheryl Shuffler


    Mountain Crest Elementary School’s cafeteria is now serving three square meals a day. Chartwells and Burke County Public Schools recently added a supper program at the school, which previously served only breakfast and lunch to students. The supper program is open to anyone in the community and is free to all children ages 3 to 18. The supper price is $3 for adults. The hot meal is served between 4 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and includes an enrichment activity for children. Menu items include barbecue chicken, baked spaghetti and a pancake breakfast for supper, just to name a few. The program is federally funded through the USDA, and, since it started on Jan. 24, an average of 80 suppers have been served each day at Mountain Crest.

    Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam said, “We are excited about this opportunity through the USDA to provide another hot meal to students and their families. Mountain Crest is the perfect location for this program as it is within walking distance for many of our families. Parents don’t have to worry about cooking, and they can feed their children a good, healthy, hot meal for free. It really is a relief on their pocketbooks and their time. We are grateful for our partnership with Chartwells and for the fantastic job they have done the last few weeks in helping make this new supper program a success.”

    With the program in its infancy, Putnam has asked the Chartwells team to extend the dinning hours until 6 p.m. to better serve parents who work later. The request has been sent to the USDA for approval. He added that the free supper is a great opportunity for faith-based organizations in the area who hold services on Wednesday evenings to take advantage of the program and visit Mountain Crest as a group for a meal.