Summer time should be a joyous, eventful experience for children, but for children who receive free and reduced- price meals at school, summer can mean hunger. To combat hunger, Scioto County Community Action Organization (CAO) provides free meals to children during the summer as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
For the Scioto County CAO SFSP there are no income requirements, and any child under age 18 may come and eat. Young adults between the ages of 19 and 21 years of age may also come and eat if they have a documented physical or developmental disability.
Sturgill, Executive Director of CAO, said summers can be a challenge for low-income families.
“Most of us remember carefree childhood summers,” Sturgill said. “For low-income families, it is a challenge to find places where their children can spend the summer safely or even just to make sure they have enough to eat.”
Millions of students are at risk of suffering for hunger during the summer months, according to Luanne Valentine, Operations Director for Workforce Development Programs.
“Each summer, millions of students are at risk of going hungry when the school year ends and school lunches are no longer available. For many children, school breakfasts and lunches are the only complete and nutritious meals they eat and in the summer they go without,” Valentine said. “CAO offers nutritious, wholesome meals throughout the summer at 19 open sites allowing parents to stretch their food dollars.”
The dates, times and locations of the 2016 CAO-sponsored summer feeding sites are as follows:
Portsmouth City School 514 Union Street, June 6 – Aug. 12, Breakfast 9 -9:30 a.m.
Lunch 11:30 a.m.-noon
14th Street Community Center 1222 14th Street, June 6 – Aug. 12, Breakfast 9:30-10 a.m.
Portsmouth Innercity Dev 1206 Waller Street June 6 – Aug. 12 Lunch 12-12:30 p.m. Corporation (PIDC)
McKinley Pool 1529 Findlay Street, June 6 – Aug. 12 Lunch 12:30-1 p.m.
Wayne Hills 1908 Wayne Avenue June 6th – Aug. 12 Breakfast 9-9:30 a.m. Lunch 12-12:30 p.m.
Bloom-Vernon Elementary 10529 A Main Street, June 27 – July 15 Breakfast 8:20-8:50 a.m. Lunch 11-11:30 a.m.
Green High School 4050 Gallia Pike June 6th- 10th & 15th Lunch 11:30-noon
Lett Terrace 314 Noel Lane June 6 – Aug. 12 Breakfast 9-9:30 a.m. Lunch –1:30 p.m.
Cedar Street Church 4205 Cedar Street June 6 – Aug. 12, Lunch 12 -12:30 p.m.
New Boston Local Schools 1 Glenwood Tiger Trail June 7 –June 23, Breakfast 8-8:30 a.m. Lunch 12:30-1 p.m.
New Boston Manor 3727 Rhodes Avenue June 6 – Aug. 12 Lunch 12-12:30 p.m.
Lucasville / McDermott
Rockhaven 188 Morgan Drive June 6 – Aug. 12, Breakfast 8:30-9 a.m. Lunch 11:30-noon
Lucasville Center Street Church 173 Center Street, June 6 – Aug. 12 Lunch 11:45-12:15 p.m.
Valley Elementary School 1821 State Route 728 June 6 – June 30 Lunch 11:15 -11:45 a.m.
Northwest Elementary School 4738 Hanley Deemer Rd. June 20 – July 8, breakfast 8:30-9 a.m. lunch 11:30 a.m.-noon
The Potters House Ministries 5409 Winchester Avenue June 6 – Aug. 12, breakfast 8:30-9 a.m. Lunch 11:45-12:15 p.m.
Sciotoville Elementary Academy 5523 3rd Street June 6th – June 30th Breakfast 8-8:30 a.m. Lunch 11:30-noon
Porter Township Community Park 12063 Gallia Pike June 6 – Aug. 12, lunch 12-12:30 p.m.
Miller Manor 1130 Kinker Drive June 6 – Aug. 12, Breakfast 8:30-9 a.m. Lunch 11:45-12:15 p.m.
“Poor nutrition affects health, the ability to learn and behavior,” Valentine said. “Learning doesn’t end just because school is out for the summer. The Summer Food Service Program ensures that children get the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow throughout the summer months.”
In addition to the meals provided at each of the sites listed above, CAO is partnering with the Ohio Association of Food Banks and the Ohio Department of Education to provide weekend take-home meals to the children for the days when the Summer Food Service Program is not operating each week. This program provides nutritious shelf-stable weekend meals for children participating in Summer Food Service Program to take home.
“Lastly, CAO is in the process of finalizing the details of their Mobile Farmer’s Market program for this summer. “We have applied to include 10 of our Summer Feeding sites as Farmer’s Market sites on a rotating basis throughout the summer,” Valentine said. “As soon as the application is approved, the schedule will be made available to all of the local media outlets and on our website at www.caosciotocounty.org.”
Additionally, SFSP is a federally-funded, state-administered program. Community Action Organization is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider of Services.
For additional information regarding the summer feeding services available through CAO call 740-354-7545. To stay informed about all available CAO programs, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caoscioto.
Reach Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.