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Immanuel Lutheran Has Close Call with School Lunches

It was a close call for students and their lunch at a local private school in Alpena. An anonymous donor is supporting students at Immanuel Lutheran School in Alpena by providing meals. The school district had previously informed parents that Thursday would be the last day lunch would be served at the school. The decision was made as the school transitions from the National School Lunch Program to a new program, and administrators could no longer ignore a deficit in the school lunch budget. Although the school’s overall finances are stable, the food service program faced challenges due to rising food and labor costs.

Interim Superintendent Jim Grulke emphasized that no student would go hungry and the donor’s agreement details remain undisclosed. Starting Monday, Immanuel Lutheran will no longer prepare cooked meals on site. Instead, a local vendor will deliver fresh food daily while cafeteria workers will return to serve meals and assist with cleanup. Students will have fewer menu options. The district is actively exploring solutions for providing lunches again in the next school year.