Summer meals program free to all children

To help combat child hunger during the summer months when children lose access to free and reduced price school lunch programs, Feeding America Southwest Virginia and the Patrick County school system are participating in the Summer Food Service Program.
According to a news release from Feeding America Southwest Virginia, “proper nutrition is vital to the growth and development of children.”
“Children facing hunger may experience adverse health effects including being sick more often, being at higher risk for chronic health conditions and developmental impairments,” the release stated. “They may also have lower academic achievement and experience more social and behavioral problems.”
Meals will be provided to 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, the release said.
The following sites will be open:
• Patrick County High School, Monday through Thursday, June 13-June 16, breakfast, 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; Monday through Thursday, June 13-June 30, lunch, noon to 12:30 p.m.
• Stuart Elementary School, Monday through Thursday, June 13-June 30, breakfast, 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; lunch, noon to 12:30 p.m.
• Blue Ridge Elementary School, Monday through Thursday, June 13-June 16, lunch, noon to 12:30 p.m.
• Kids on the Move, DeHart Park, Monday through Friday, June 20-24, breakfast, 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.; lunch, 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
• Stuart Rotary Club, July 1-22, Monday through Friday, breakfast, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., lunch, noon to 12:30 p.m.
Supper will be served at the following Vacation Bible Schools:
• Mt. Hermon Church of the Brethren, June 5-9, 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• Stuart Baptist Church, June 13-16, 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
• Providence United Methodist Church, June 20-22, 5:30 to 6 p.m.
• Critz Baptist Church, June 20-23, 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
• New Hope Church of the Brethren, June 26-30, 6 p.m.. To 6:30 p.m.
• Stuart United Methodist Church, June 27-June 30, 5:15 to 6 p.m.

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