The cafeteria is open for business at Evergreen High School, but it’s not lunch for the crowd of students waiting in line.
One recent afternoon, students rushing to sports practice or clubs were grabbing one of the so-called “suppers” the Evergreen school district began offering at seven of its campuses this year. Students snagged boxes with sandwiches, potato salad, a bag of chips, fruit and a carton of milk, all provided at no cost to the students.
The third meal provides students who don’t have time for dinner — or who may not be guaranteed a dinner at home — a chance to grab some nourishment before running off to after school activities.
“For growing young people, they need nutrition throughout the day,” Principal Lisa Emmerich said as students quickly shuffled through the line.
Mikaylah Reynolds, an 18-year-old senior, grabbed a sandwich before heading off to rehearsal for the school’s upcoming performance of “Guys and Dolls.”