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Summer food program begins for children in need in Valley

food-bank-219x300The 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

Site Name County Address
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


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