It’s good to have. This information is what comes up in the results of a search, either internally or via Google, Bing, etc.  If you have it, then you’re controlling the message. If you don’t then you’re leaving that descriptive information up to whatever logic the search engine is using. Most of the time, it’s OK. But, sometimes it turns out to be a jumbled mess that’s not useful to anyone. While it won't play any role in ranking, we recommend having a relevant summary of your page in the meta-description.