Summer Food Program open for business

The LCCAP Cafe Bus provides a spacious interior for kids to have a free lunch as it travels to various locations around the county throughout the summer.

School might be out of session, but the Summer Food Program is now in session and providing nutritious meals to Lawrence County youth.

With the school year coming to a close, the Summer Food Program is available to children under the age of 18 at 20 locations throughout the county.

There is no registration required and there is no charge for meals, said Michelle Scott, who is food service manager for the program out of Lawrence County Community Action Partnership.

Due to donations from Empty Bowls and Venti Se winery, the program will be more robust this year, Scott said.

“We did so well this year with Empty Bowls and the totals actually it doubled last year’s total,” Scott said of the yearly program. “It will definitely will take us all the way through the summer.

“We should see more robust programming for summer food. We are hoping that we should be able to reach a whole lot more youth this year than we did last year.”

The federally and locally funded program does not permit fried foods, but Scott said there will be plenty of whole grains and fresh fruit for children to enjoy.

“Nutrition is huge,” Scott said. “We are mandated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Pennsylvania Department of Education to provide a healthy, well-rounded meal. We are part of the child nutrition program and they require we have healthy versions of meals. Every food group will be represented, whole grain items in addition to fresh fruit, fresh produce.

“We we are finding out in the summertime kids love fresh fruit.”

Scott said the program is a “vital resource” for families in Lawrence County.

“The Summer Food location provide a safe place for kids to get a nutritious meal or snack and hang out with their friends,” Scott said.

“This program fills a void created when school lunches are not available,” said Wendy Norman, Case Manager/SFSP Liaison. “Helping parents meet the nutritional needs of their children is the strength of this program.”

Lawrence County Community Action Partnership is seeking volunteers throughout the summer to help serve meals, supervise children and do community outreach. If you are interesting in volunteer, contact Scott at (724) 658-7258, extension 1418 or email mscott@lccap.org.

LOCATIONS

Ben Franklin ELC — 815 Cunningham Ave. Monday through Friday, June 10 to Aug. 16. Lunch is noon to 1 p.m.

Bible Way Church of God In Christ — 125 Crawford Ave. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 11 to Aug. 15. Lunch is 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Big Run — 1300 S. Jefferson St. Monday through Friday, June 10 through Aug. 16. Lunch is 11 a.m. to noon.

Church of the Genesis — 303 N. Cedar St. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 10 to Aug. 16. Lunch is 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church — 220 E. Clen-Moore Ave.. Monday through Thursday, June 10 to Aug. 15. Lunch is noon to 1 p.m.

Croton United Methodist Church — 910 N. Croton Ave.. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 11 to Aug. 15. Lunch is 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Ellport Playground — 215 Burns Ave., Ellwood City. Monday through Friday, June 17 to Aug. 9. Lunch is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Snack is 1 to 2:30 p.m. Programs run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ellwood Pool — 301 Joffre St., Ellwood City. Monday through Friday, June 10 to Aug. 16. Snack is noon to 2 p.m.

Grant Street Community Center — 404 W. Grant St. Monday through Friday, June 10 to Aug. 16. Lunch is 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Gussie Walker House — 1207 Moravia St. Monday through Friday, June 17 to Aug. 2. Snack from noon to 12:30 p.m. Dinner from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Programs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Harbor Heights — 720 Altman Road. Monday through Friday, June 10 to Aug. 16. Lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

Lincoln Terrace Cafe Bus — 201 Lincoln Ave.. Monday through Friday, June 10 to Aug. 16. Lunch from 2 to 2:30 p.m.

Neshannock Village — 481 Neshannock Ave. Monday through Friday, June 10 to Aug. 16. Lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

New Castle Public Library — 207 E. North St. June 13 to Aug. 8, Snack on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon. June 12 to Aug. 9, lunch on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Oak Leaf Gardens — 1139 Pin Oak Drive. Monday through Friday, June 10 to Aug. 16. Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Prayer Chapel — 26 E. Long Ave., Saturdays and Sundays, June 15 to Aug. 11. Lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

YMCA — 20 W. Washington St. Monday through Friday, June 10 to Aug. 16. Breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Twilight Mobile Home Park Cafe Bus — Carol Lane, Edinburg. Monday through Friday, June 10 to Aug. 9. Lunch from 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Walnut Ridge Housing Plan — 801 Pershing St., Ellwood City. Monday through Friday, June 10 to Aug. 16. Dinner from 5 to 6 p.m.

Westview Terrace — 901 W. Grant St. Monday through Friday, June 10 to Aug. 16. Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Word of Life Church Cafe Bus — Monday through Friday, June 10 through TBD. Times TBD.

baddleman@ncnewsonline.com

Assistant Editor

Brent Addleman is the assistant editor at the New Castle News. Email him at BAddleman@ncnewsonline.com.

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