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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Free lunch offered in Carrier Mills, Shawneetown

  • The Illinois Coalition for Community Service, in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture and the Illinois State Board of Education, is again offering a free lunch program in southeastern Illinois this summer.
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  • The Illinois Coalition for Community Service, in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture and the Illinois State Board of Education, is again offering a free lunch program in southeastern Illinois this summer.
    Funded by the USDA through the ISBE, this program is aimed specifically at helping with the nutritional needs of children and young adults in the summer.
    Nathaniel Taylor, an administrator for the ICCS explained the importance of this program.
    “The nutritional needs of young people are significantly assisted through the school lunch programs. We have found that, during the summer when the school lunch may not be available, the nutrition and thus the health of the children suffers,” Taylor said.
    To combat this problem, for a number of years the USDA has provided funds for free summer lunch programs to states that wish to participate. The USDA provides the funds, the states channel the funding through their state school boards and, in our state, the ISBE requires that an organization such as ICCS administers the application of the programs.
    Taylor is an administrator and outreach coordinator for the seven southern counties in our state.
    “Our goal this summer is to serve 50,000 lunches to the young people in our area. To do this, we have to have help from the communities,” Taylor said. “We rely on the help of volunteers in serving, cooking, cleaning up, the whole thing. We couldn't do it without their help.”
    Taylor added that the lunch program was open to out-of-state residents who might be traveling with their children through Illinois for whatever reasons.
    “Just bring the kids to any free lunch site, sign up and let them have lunch. There is even an application for cell phones available through the ISBE website to direct people to the nearest free lunch program.”
    In our area this summer, the free lunch program in our part of the state will be served at two locations, the Carrier Mills Grade School and the Ohio Valley Baptist Church in Shawneetown. In Carrier Mills, the program will begin on June 23 and run until at least Aug. 1. The program in Shawneetown is currently serving and is expected to run to Aug. 1. In Carrier Mills, the free lunch will be served noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Shawneetown will be serving lunch noon to 1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The free lunch is open to any child 18 or younger during the days and times listed above.
    Taylor added that all volunteers are needed and greatly appreciated and that junior high and high school age young adults are welcome to help and should think about their career resumes in this regard.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Anyone who wants to help is welcome and we are very grateful for the assistance we have received and will receive from the communities. Again, we cannot, cannot, do this without their help.” Taylor said, adding, “I think it is a worthwhile project.”

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