The Salvation Army is offering mid-day meals to children ages 18 and younger through Aug. 16. Lunch is served weekdays between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Grand Haven corps, 310 N. Despelder St.
The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program.
Capt. Sally Davis of The Salvation Army in Grand Haven said they partner with the Northwest Ottawa Recreation Authority to provide meals for its campers.
Davis said they served nearly 40 meals on Tuesday and again Wednesday. As the summer progresses, she said they'll serve more children, often ranging between 50 and 60 meals a day.
Davis said the food follows the same guidelines and regulations of school lunch programs, ensuring children have a well-balanced meal at least once each day.
Salvation Army Cadet Samantha Nolan, an intern for the Grand Haven corps this summer, said serving the lunches to children gives her a chance to help others who might be in poverty, as she was growing up.
“It’s nice to give back,” she said.
Although driving to get the meals and serving them requires more work for the corps' volunteers and staff, Davis said it’s a great program to help younger community members who need lunch after the school year has ended.
“It’s worth it,” she said.