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Summer Feeding Program Provides Food for Kids

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (7/10/13) – The city of Owensboro and Owensboro Public Schools has been taking the fight against hunger to the streets this summer, ensuring that children who otherwise might have to go without meals will have a chance to eat while school is not in session.

Marissa Lee, of the Owensboro Museum of Science and History, coordinates the Summer Feeding Program at the Museum.

“It’s kind of a guessing game,” said Lee. “Some days we’ve fed 200 kids, and some days we have fed 30.”
Lee also said that the museum has never had to turn away anyone because the facility staff hadn’t ordered enough food. Also, in conjunction with the Summer Feeding Program, Lee said that the Museum offers free membership to low income families so that children can partake in the Museum’s summer programs.

“It kind of makes us more approachable to the community,” said Lee.

Lisa McCarty, Director of Owensboro Public School Food Services, coordinates the Summer Feeding Program for the school system. She provided the following information regarding the number of meals and snacks served in the month of June. A combined 3,000 breakfasts, 13,640 lunches, 3,000 snacks, and 13,000 dinners were served at all 23 sites in Owensboro and Daviess County.

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Lisa Reese, an employee with the Cliff Hagan Boys and Girls Club in Owensboro, said that on average, the Club served about 225 lunches and snacks each day.

“The kids like it because some of them would not have a chance to eat otherwise,” said Reese. “Of course some kids are more picky eaters than others, but generally they like the food.”

Reese said that the lunches usually consist of a sandwich, milk, fruit, and cookie or Popsicle.

Courtney Calhoun works with Girls, Inc. on 19th Street in Owensboro.

“We serve anywhere from 60 to 80 lunches and snacks a day at this location,” said Calhoun. “A couple of days a week, the program provides hot lunches like Mcribs, cheeseburgers, or Hamburgers and the kids absolutely love those days.”

Calhoun went on to say that parents are particularly appreciative of the program because without it, the parents or Girls, Inc. would have to provide food for the children.

“For some parents, that’s very hard to do,” said Calhoun.

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Deanna Sanders, an employee with the Owensboro Independent School System, told SurfKY News on Monday that from May 20 through July 26, and in some locations through Aug. 2, meals will be served to children ages 18 and under. The only stipulation is that meals must be eaten on site.

Alex Reid
SurfKY News

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