Anyone under 18-years-old eats breakfast and lunch free this summer at five Missoula public schools.
The USDA funded program is designed to provide nutritious meals to children who may not have access to quality meals at home during the summer.

"It’s neat to see because you know that the kids, a lot of time at home, are not getting the food,” said program director Stacey Rossmiller. “Mom and dad work. It beats going to McDonalds. It's a healthier meal, and it helps parents out."

Other districts around the state also kicked off summer meals programs this week.

Last summer, the Missoula County School District served 25,000 meals at a cost of $12,000.

This year, with unemployment still high, Rossmiller said the district anticipates an even higher demand.

Lunch will be served all summer at five schools, with breakfast being served in addition at two of the schools.

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