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Food Bank participates in summer food program

Edited by Chris Graham

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank will participate in the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, sponsoring 25 feeding sites June through August for children at risk of going hungry in Augusta and Rockingham counties and the cities of Staunton, Waynesboro and Harrisonburg.

The Summer Food Service Program is designed to reach children who may not get nutritious meals at home over the summer, particularly students who receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year.

Thanks to a $50,000 ConAgra Hunger-Free Summer Grant, the Food Bank is offering a new component of the Summer Food Service Program this year. The grant funds four new feeding sites in Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County and provides part-time jobs to 20 teens.

In total, the Food Bank will reach 2,312 children at 25 local sites through the Summer Food Service Program, a 21 percent increase over last summer.

The grant will fund the following sites June 14 – Aug. 13 where any child, regardless of income, can stop in and receive a free, hot meal. 

– 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Gypsy Hill Park shelter (behind the Armory)
– Noon – 1 p.m. Wenonah Elementary School, Waynesboro
– Noon – 1 p.m. Building Blocks, Waynesboro

Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.