The cafeterias at both hospitals in Jackson County — Ocean Springs Hospital and Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula — are offering meals to military veterans at a reduced rate, a rate that one veteran said was a significant savings.
Singing River Health System has partnered with Morrison Healthcare to offer the “Veterans’ Blue Plate Special.”
It is served daily at both hospital cafeterias for a discounted rate of $5 per meal. They are adding on top of that, a discount of 10 percent, “so a veteran can come with a $5 bill and cover cost of the meal and the tax,” a spokeswoman for the hospital system said.
The program started last week, and the hospital system plans to continue it indefinitely. Hospital system officials are calling it a salute to Coast veterans.
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The Veterans’ Special will be offered at lunch and dinner seven days a week. The offer is good for any veteran who has served in the U.S. military.
“It is our honor to invite veterans to be our guests,” said Chief Operating Officer Lee Bond.
American Legion Post 42 in Ocean Springs planned to announce the new deal at its meeting Monday night.
“It’s wonderful news,” said post chaplain Carl King.
He said it really is a discount and a service to veterans, because a meal at the hospital cafeteria is normally $7 or $7.50.
“I might have to eat there more often,” he said.
King said the membership at Post 42 is growing steadily since it recently negotiated two rooms to rent from the city in the Taconi Gym property behind the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center.
These rooms give the post, which had been without a permanent meeting location for year, a place to call its own.
Their meeting room “is crammed full of people,” King said, and they haven’t given up on working with the city to build a post of their own.
The cafeterias at both hospitals open for lunch at 11 a.m. and dinner at 4 p.m.
More information can be found by calling the hospital’s the main number: 809-5000.