Summer feeding program continues

APPRECIATE PROGRAM — Edison High School students Kiley Babel, left, and Savannah Robinson take part in the Seamless Summer Feeding program at the high school. Local churches also have partnered to provide free meals to community youth. Locations include EHS and Amsterdam Church of God on Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Irondale United Methodist Church on Tuesday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon; and Richmond United Methodist Church and Empire United Methodist Church on Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. -- Contributed

RICHMOND — The Seamless Summer Feeding Program is continuing to offer noontime meals to participants at Edison High School and community churches, with another site opening its doors to offer free meals to area youth.

The program continues through Aug. 16 and is available at EHS and Amsterdam Church of God from Monday to Thursday at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Irondale United Methodist Church on Tuesday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon; and Richmond United Methodist Church on Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 1 p.m.

Empire United Methodist Church also has signed on as a partner and will provide meals on Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 1 p.m.

The sites are open to all youth ages 18 and under plus young adults aged 18-21 who have disabilities. Participants need not reside within the school district to take part.

District Administrative Assistant Fatima Smuck, who oversees the food service program, said it has attracted dozens of students participating in band camp and football training sessions at the high school, but some younger children also have been on hand to enjoy a menu of chicken patties, corn dogs, mashed potatoes, french fries, salad, vegetables, fruit, milk and more.

“We have had 250 to 350 people at the school and churches,” Smuck said. “It’s been very successful, and the numbers are increasing.”

She added that she has heard a lot of positive feedback within the school and community.

“The churches seem pleased, and parents are happy that it’s a hot meal.”

Meanwhile, a few EHS students said they have enjoyed the service.

“I like it,” said senior Savannah Robinson. “I don’t have to pack my lunch for band, which is nice.”

“I think it’s very positive and helps students who don’t want to bring lunches to school,” added junior Kiley Babel.

Information about program locations are available on the district website at edisonwildcats.org and its Facebook page.

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