More than 20 sites throughout Scotland County will provide free meals to youth this summer thought the Scotland County Summer Feeding Program.
As the program’s goal is to fill the gap left when children no longer have access to no or low-cost breakfast and lunch through the school system, some sites will begin serving on June 10, the first weekday following the end of the school year.
“Some of these kids may be getting lunch and breakfast during the school year, but during the summertime it might be difficult for them to get those well-balanced meals,” said Veronica Portlock, community relations coordinator with Rockingham District Partners in Ministry, which expects to serve at least 150 children through the summer feeding program this year.
Last year, Scotland County’s program sites served over 24,000 meals to 650 children. This will be the Scotland County’s program’s seventh summer.
The program itself is sponsored by federal grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Scotland County Summer Feeding Program also works with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern N.C. in order to provide the meals.
“Our purpose is to make nutritious meals available to children throughout the county,” said Sharon Quick, feeding program field coordinator. “We understand that nutritious food lends itself to helping children develop healthy minds and bodies.”
All 21 sites will provide lunch, with most sites serving breakfast as well. The Restoring Hope Center, H.Y.P.E., LEAP Summer Enrichment Camp, the Wagram Recreation Center, and two mobile sites in the Tara Village and Highland Village apartment complexes will serve children throughout the entirety of the summer break, from June 10 - Aug. 23.
Other sites will host summer feeding in conjunction with other programs, but children not enrolled in those programs may still eat at those sites at the designated times.
“The sites can run whatever kind of program they want in tandem with the meal service,” Quick said. “All of our sites are open, which means that any child can come in at meal service time and receive free meals whether they’re involved with the program at that site or not.”
Many of the programs are also free of charge, such as Partners in Ministry’s Summer Food and Fun program from June 17-July 22, open to youth aged 6-14. The program will include arts and crafts, outdoor activities, and a science and mathematics curriculum.
Summer Food and Fun will be held at Partners in Ministry’s Community Resource and Referral Center in the former East Laurinburg Alternative Academy on Third Street in East Laurinburg. For information, call 277-3355.
All youth aged 18 and under are eligible for the Scotland County Summer Feeding Program.
Volunteers are needed to assist with meal delivery as well as setting up and cleaning up at the individual sites. Volunteer training will be held on June 6. Anyone interested in volunteering with the Scotland County Summer Feeding Program can call the program office at 610-9960.
Scotland County Summer Feeding Program 2013 Sites:
Bright Hopewell Youth Mentoring Camp, 601 N. Main Street, Laurinburg
Lunch - 12 p.m. Monday – Thursday from July 8 – Aug. 22
North Laurinburg Elementary School Developmental Day Program, 831 N. Gill Street
Contact LuAnne Rhyne at 276-1138 ext 335
Discovery School of Learning, 1000. S. Main Street, Suite 8
Breakfast – 8:30 a.m., Lunch – 12 p.m. Monday - Thursday from June 17- Aug. 8, closed July 1 – 5
Franklin Chapel Tutoring Program, 1109 S. Caledonia Road
Breakfast - 9 a.m., Lunch - 12:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday from July 8 – Aug. 1
Jerusalem Summer Outreach, 16601 Jerusalem Road
Breakfast – 8 a.m., Lunch - 11:30 a.m. Monday - Friday from June 10 – Aug. 2, Closed July 4
LEAP Enrichment Summer Camp, 508 East Church Street
Breakfast – 8 a.m., Lunch – 11:15 a.m. Monday – Friday from June 10 – Aug. 23, closed July 4-5
Life Changing Ministries, 441 E. Church Street
Breakfast – 8 a.m., Lunch – 11 a.m. Monday - Thursday June 17- July 31, closed July 1-5
N.C. Cooperative Extension 4-H EFNEP Boot Camp, 420 Stewartsville Road
Breakfast - 8:30 a.m., Lunch - 12 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday from June 11- 27 and Aug. 6 - 22
New Community Missionary Baptist Church, 9161 Tartan Road
Breakfast – 9 a.m., Lunch - 12:15 p.m. Tuesday - Friday from June 11- Aug. 23, closed July 1-5
Parks and Recreation Summer Camp at Scotland Place, 1210 Turnpike Road
12 p.m. Monday - Friday from June 10 – July 26, closed July 1-5
Restoring Hope Center, 1114 N. Main Street
Breakfast – 9 a.m., Lunch – 12 p.m. Monday - Friday from June 10 – Aug 23, closed July 1-5
The House of Bread at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 439 Stewartsville Road
Breakfast - 8:30 a.m., Lunch - 11:45 a.m. Monday – Thursday from July 8 -18
East Laurinburg Pentecostal Holiness Church, 301 Sanford Road
Lunch – 11:30 a.m. Monday - Friday from June 10 – July 26, closed July 1 –5
H. Y. P. E. (Helping Young People Excel), 430 McKay Street
Breakfast – 9:00 a.m., Lunch – 12:30 p.m. Monday - Friday from June 10 – Aug. 23, closed July 4 – 5
Partners In Ministry, 12 Third Street
Breakfast – 8:30 a.m., Lunch – 12 p.m. Monday - Friday from June 17 – July 26, closed July 4-5
Higher Dimensions Youth Summer Program, 18501 Marston Road
Breakfast – 9 a.m., Lunch – 12:15 p.m. Monday-Friday from June 17- Aug. 9, closed July 4
Laurel Hill Summer Reading Program at Laurel Hill Elementary School, 11340 Old Wire Road
Contact Summer Stanley at 462-2111
Camp Nehemiah-Judah International Ministries, 1003 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr.
Breakfast - 8:30 a.m., Lunch - 12 p.m. Monday-Friday from June 10 – July 20, closed July 4 – 5
Spring Branch Missionary Baptist Church, 21300 Old Wire Road
Breakfast - 8:30 a.m., Lunch – 12 p.m. Monday – Thursday from July 8 -18
Wagram Recreation Center, 24441 Marlboro Street
Lunch – 12 p.m. Tuesday – Friday from June 11 – August 23, closed July 1 – 5
Wagram Primary School Summer Reading Program, 24081 Main Street
Contact Jamie Synan at 369-2252
Lunch - 12:30 p.m. Monday – Friday from June 10 - Aug. 23, closed July 4
Lunch - 12:15 pm Monday – Friday from June 10 - Aug. 23, closed July 4
Lunch - 11:30 a.m. Monday – Friday from June 24 - July 31, closed July 4 - 5