Monday, August 29, 2011

An Update from Vernon's Hunger Action Team...

A new summer meals site opened with seed money from Foodshare's Partnership Community Engagement Fund. Maple Street School has the largest number of free and reduced-price lunch recipients in Vernon with approximately 77% of the total school population qualified for the program. Approx 20 kids per day attended the summer site and the program ran through August 25th.

Michelle Hill (administrator of the Maple Street Summer Meals) said that her assistants from the youth employment program, Amos DeJesus and Nicole Curtis, walked in the neighborhoods around the school and handed out flyers and even dressed up in costumes (borrowed from the Dept. of Agriculture) to draw attention as parents and kids entered and left the school. Dawn from End Hunger CT! noted that once a summer meals site is approved it’s good for five years, so as long as funding is found for next year’s staffing, the site will reopen. Food for the summer meals program is free to Vernon kids up to age 18, and is funded by a federal program.

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