Each summer, children wait for the last bell of the school year. Summer is an exciting time for children to enjoy playtime with friends, a week at camp, a family vacation, or time at the pool. However, for many children who receive free and reduced-price meals at school, summer can mean hunger. Just as learning doesn’t end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition.
The Community Outreach Center in partnership with Rockcastle County Schools, Rockcastle County Fiscal Court and God’s Pantry Food Bank provides free meals to children during the summer. The program kicked-off Thursday, June 4th with several volunteers and community members in attendance.
“This is a wonderful partnership bringing several organizations together to provide meals to the children of Rockcastle County,” said Superintendent David Pensol.
Meals are served in Brodhead at the Community Outreach Center (beside the fairgrounds) on Thursdays from 1:00-3:00 PM. There are no income or registration requirements. Any child under age 18 may participate. Along with the free meal, children can enjoy games and other enrichment activities. Accompanying adults receive a free meal provided by the Community Mission Team and other donors.
Katheryn Pope, who coordinated the program, stated, “It has been wonderful to see volunteers and community leaders joining hands to help meet the needs of our children and let our community know that we do care.”
For more information or if you’d like to volunteer or make a donation, call 606.308.3099.
Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer. For more information about the national Summer Food Service Program, visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/summer.