Free summer lunches for children start Monday

Posted 5/28/20

The Summer Food Service Program will provide free lunches to local children starting Monday and running through July 31.

Lunches will be served each weekday from noon to 1 p.m. at the large picnic …

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Free summer lunches for children start Monday

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The Summer Food Service Program will provide free lunches to local children starting Monday and running through July 31.

Lunches will be served each weekday from noon to 1 p.m. at the large picnic shelter at Homesteader Park, behind the Powell Aquatic Center. This year, program organizers at Powell Valley Healthcare have added a second location — on the grassy area at the northwest corner of PVHC on Grand Street, just south of Westside Elementary School.

There are no sign-up requirements: Children under 18 years of age can simply pick up a free lunch. Discounted meals are also available for adults if they would like one.

“We encourage everyone to follow appropriate social distancing practices to help prevent the spread of coronavirus,” said organizers with PVHC.

The Powell Summer Food Service Program is entering its third year. Between 2018 and 2019, the program provided a combined total of 8,500 free meals to local children.

Last year, Gabri Lundberg assisted with the summer lunch program as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer, following her graduation from Powell High School. Lundberg will again help with the summer lunch program this summer as a VISTA Volunteer.

Isaac Gutierrez, also a VISTA Volunteer and a senior at Powell High School, will be joining Lundberg to help with the program.

“We are thankful to have two outstanding young volunteers helping with the program this year,” said Travis Tucker, nutrition services director at PVHC. “Gabri [Lundberg] did a great job with the program last year and Isaac [Gutierrez] also played a big role working with us as a student aide.”

The Powell Summer Food Service Program is brought to the community through support and guidance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an equal opportunity provider.

To learn more about the program, call Travis Tucker at 307-754-1276 or visit the USDA website at www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program.

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