Donor saves Immanuel lunches

ALPENA — Students at Immanuel Lutheran School will still receive hot lunches at school after an anonymous donor stepped forward to cover the cost of the school’s lunch program and supply food for the rest of the school year, according to an email the school sent to families on Thursday.

“We are greatly thankful for an anonymous donor that has come forward to make a generous offer to the school so that a food program will be in place for the rest of the school year (13 days),” Immanuel Lutheran School said in the email. “Their generous efforts will also help us test the program to see if it will work for the next school year.”

Immanuel Lutheran School officials told The News they will not offer any comments on the situation as it is unfolding.

In the email, the school informed parents that, while the school will no longer prepare cooked meals on-site, a local vendor will deliver fresh food daily and lunch staff will continue to serve the meals to students and help clean up.

Additionally, there will be one menu offering per day, with milk and fruit cups also being available. Meals will remain at their current prices.

Immanuel Lutheran School announced in an email sent to parents on Wednesday that Thursday would be the final day of its national school lunch program because of the rising cost of groceries.

It wasn’t immediately clear from that email if the lunch program would resume next school year. Immanuel’s last day of school, according to the 2023-24 school year calendar, is June 7.

The school also said it will continue serving breakfast while it can.


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