Summer food program begins for children in need in Valley
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The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is participating in the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, sponsoring more than 25 feeding sites June through August for children at risk of hunger in the Valley, including Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County.
The Food Bank expects to provide food to more than 3,400 children across its 25-county service area through the Program this summer. The Summer Food Service Program is designed to reach children who may not get nutritious meals at home over the vacation, particularly students who receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year. The Food Bank provides food to places like the Boys and Girls Clubs, summer school programs, churches and recreation programs for children at risk of hunger.
The Salvation Army in Harrisonburg is one of the Food Bank’s largest SFSP partners in the Valley. Each summer, they help to distribute meals to more than 500 children each week at eight sites with the food they receive from the Food Bank.
Donations to the Food Bank typically decrease during the summer months. However, hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation, and many students who would otherwise eat breakfast and lunch at school no longer have access to those meals during the summer.
The program will help hundreds of local children in need, providing snacks and/or breakfast and lunch. Meals are provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
See a list of local sites below. For more info, visit brafb.org.
Summer Food Service Program Sites
|Boys & Girls Club – Nelson Street Teen Center||Staunton||900 Nelson Street Staunton 24401|
|Boys & Girls Club Staunton Unit||Staunton||1114 W. Johnson Street Staunton 24401|
|Boys & Girls Club Waynesboro (Teen Center)||Waynesboro||302 E. Main Street Waynesboro 22980|
|Westwood Elementary||Waynesboro||548 Rosser Ave Waynesboro 22980|
|William Perry Elementary||Waynesboro||840 King Avenue Waynesboro 22980|
|Kate Collins Middle School||Waynesboro||1625 Ivy Street, Waynesboro|
|Wenonah Elementary||Waynesboro||125 N. Bayard Ave., Waynesboro|
|Boys & Girls Club Elkton Elem||Rockingham||302 W B Street, Elkton 22827|
|Boys & Girls Club South River||Rockingham||2101 Elm Avenue, Grottoes 24441|
|Boys & Girls Club Plains Elem||Rockingham||225 American Legion Dr., Timberville|
|Boys & Girls Club Simms Teen Center||Rockingham||620 Simms Ave, Harrisonburg 22802|
|Camp Excel – Staunton||Staunton||Montgomery Hall Park, 1000 Montgomery Ave., Staunton|
|Fulks Run Elementary||Rockingham||11089 Brocks Gap Road, Fulks Run, 22830|
|Harrisonburg Parks & Rec||Harrisonburg||305 South Dogwood Dr., Harrisonburg 22801|
|Highland Elementary||Highland||252 Meyers Moon Rd., Montery24465|
|Salvation Army – Harrisonburg Main||Harrisonburg||185 Ashby Ave., Harrisonburg 22802|
|Salvation Army – Spottswood Elem||Harrisonburg||400 Mountain View Dr., Harrisonburg 22802|
|Salvation Army – Skyline Middle School||Harrisonburg||470 Linda Lane, Harrisonburg 22802|
|Salvation Army – Smithland Elementary School||Harrisonburg||474 Linda Lane, Harrisonburg 22802|
|Salvation Army – Stone Spring Elementary School||Harrisonburg||1517 Peach Grove Ave., Harrisonburg 22801|
|Salvation Army – Harrisonburg HS||Harrisonburg||1001 Garbers Church Rd., Harrisonburg|
|Salvation Army – Thomas Harrison Middle School||Harrisonburg||1311 W. Market St., Harrisonburg|
|Salvation Army – Keister Elementary||Harrisonburg||100 Maryland Ave., Harrisonburg|
|Littlest Lamb Child Care Center||Augusta||1053 Dice’s Spring Road, Weyers Cave, 24486|
|Waynesboro High School||Waynesboro||1200 W. Main St, Waynesboro, VA 22980|