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.

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Summer Food Service Program Sites

Site NameCountyAddress
Boys & Girls Club – Nelson Street Teen CenterStaunton900 Nelson Street Staunton  24401
Boys & Girls Club Staunton UnitStaunton1114 W. Johnson Street  Staunton 24401
Boys & Girls Club Waynesboro (Teen Center)Waynesboro302 E. Main Street Waynesboro 22980
Westwood ElementaryWaynesboro548 Rosser Ave Waynesboro 22980
William Perry ElementaryWaynesboro840 King Avenue Waynesboro 22980
Kate Collins Middle SchoolWaynesboro1625 Ivy Street, Waynesboro
Wenonah ElementaryWaynesboro125 N. Bayard Ave., Waynesboro
Boys & Girls Club Elkton ElemRockingham302 W B Street, Elkton 22827
Boys & Girls Club South RiverRockingham2101 Elm Avenue, Grottoes  24441
Boys & Girls Club Plains ElemRockingham225 American Legion Dr., Timberville
Boys & Girls Club Simms Teen CenterRockingham620 Simms Ave, Harrisonburg 22802
Camp Excel – StauntonStauntonMontgomery Hall Park, 1000 Montgomery Ave., Staunton
Fulks Run ElementaryRockingham11089 Brocks Gap Road, Fulks Run, 22830
Harrisonburg Parks & RecHarrisonburg305 South Dogwood Dr., Harrisonburg 22801
Highland ElementaryHighland252 Meyers Moon Rd., Montery24465
Salvation Army – Harrisonburg MainHarrisonburg185 Ashby Ave., Harrisonburg 22802
Salvation Army – Spottswood ElemHarrisonburg400 Mountain View Dr., Harrisonburg 22802
Salvation Army – Skyline Middle SchoolHarrisonburg470 Linda Lane, Harrisonburg 22802
Salvation Army – Smithland Elementary SchoolHarrisonburg474 Linda Lane, Harrisonburg 22802
Salvation Army – Stone Spring Elementary SchoolHarrisonburg1517 Peach Grove Ave., Harrisonburg 22801
Salvation Army – Harrisonburg HSHarrisonburg1001 Garbers Church Rd., Harrisonburg
Salvation Army – Thomas Harrison Middle SchoolHarrisonburg1311 W. Market St., Harrisonburg
Salvation Army – Keister ElementaryHarrisonburg100 Maryland Ave., Harrisonburg
Littlest Lamb Child Care CenterAugusta1053 Dice’s Spring Road, Weyers Cave, 24486
Waynesboro High SchoolWaynesboro1200 W. Main St, Waynesboro, VA 22980



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