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Monday, June 6,2011

Program provides nutritious meals to low-income youth this summer

During the school year, many families rely on the school lunch program to make sure their children have a nutritious meal five days a week. The backpack program helps those same children on the weekends during the school year. But what about during the summer?

That's where Hocking Athens Perry Community Action Agency steps in as both a sponsor and vendor of the Summer Food Service Program. And, this year, there's even going to be a backpack component during the summer as well, according to a news release.

HAPCAP is one of 16 sponsors in the United States selected to implement the Food Backpacks demonstration project, according to the release.

The grants will be used to test innovative alternatives to enable children from low-income households to access healthy food during the summer and will boost participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which provides meals to all children ages 18 and under during the summer months.

Hocking Athens Perry Community Action Agency, which operates a Regional Food Center in Logan, will be one of six sponsors in Ohio participating in the Food Backpacks demonstration project. The USDA awarded the two-year funding to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE.

"Summer feeding is taking on more significance in the lives of families this year then in years past because so many families are struggling to make ends meet," said Dick Stevens, HAPCAP Food & Nutrition Division director. "We are also very happy that we can add the backpack component for our summer feeding participants. It's a great program that helps children have food at their home for the weekend."

Meals sites, dates and times for the program in Athens, Hocking and Perry counties follow (all programs begin the week of June 6, unless otherwise noted).

Athens County
Chauncey – Chauncey Park, state Rt. 13. Lunch served at noon, with programs running on the following Tuesdays only: June 21, June 28, July 12, July 26 and Aug. 9.
– Coolville Public Library, 26401 Main St. Lunch served at 11:30 a.m.; program ends Aug. 12.
Glouster – Girl Power, 1 Cross St. Lunch served at 1 p.m.; program ends Aug. 12.
Jacksonville – Incredible Years at Trimble Elementary School, 1 Tomcat Drive. Lunch served at noon; program runs on Thursdays only in July.
Nelsonville – Nelsonville Family Center, Canal Street. Lunch served at the Nelsonville City Pool Monday through Friday at noon. Program ends Aug. 12.
The Plains – The Plains Library, 14 S. Plains Road. Lunch served at noon; program runs on the following Wednesdays only: June 22, July 13, July 27 and Aug. 10.

Hocking County
Haydenville – Haydenville United Methodist Church, 16798 Haydenville Road. Lunch served Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. Program ends Aug. 12.
Logan – Logan Hocking Activity Center, 1593 E. Front St. Lunch served Monday through Friday at noon and breakfast served Monday through Friday at 8 a.m., with the program ending Aug. 12.

Perry County
Corning – Holland Center, 116 W. Main St. Lunch served Monday through Saturday at 1 p.m.; program ends Aug. 26.
New Straitsville – New Straitsville Community Center, Clark Street. Lunch served Monday through Friday at 12:30 p.m. Program ends Aug. 19.


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