School district partners with city for $1.50 senior mealsBy HASKEL BURNS,
The City of Petal and the Petal School District have teamed up to make meals a littler cheaper for senior citizens in the Friendly City.
From noon-12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the school year (Aug. 8-May 22), individuals aged 55 and older are allowed to stop by Petal Upper Elementary School for discounted meals. The city covers $1.75 of each meal, with seniors paying only $1.50.
“We have an application that they fill out with us at the school, just to be sure they live inside the city limits,” said Michelle Monroe, assistant food service director at the school district’s child nutrition department. “It’s just civic duties – just trying to help our senior citizens.”
The lunches consist of the same menu served to upper elementary students on the applicable days. The program, which has been in place for almost 20 years, usually feeds about 50 seniors each day it’s offered.
“Some years we have more, and some years maybe not so much,” Monroe said.
The program is not available on holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and spring break.
The program was renewed at a recent meeting of the Petal Board of Aldermen, where aldermen voted unanimously for the city to chip in $1.75 for each meal.
“The city is happy we can partner with the Petal School District to offer these discounted meals to our citizens,” Mayor Hal Marx said.