Summer Food Program Offered At Fleming posted on Jun 12, 2014 Go Back
Essex Junction Recreation & Parks (EJRP) has teamed up with Hunger Free Vermont to offer a summer food program at Thomas Fleming School. Every Monday through Friday, from June 23 through August 8 (exception: no program on July 4), any student that is age 18 and younger is welcome to stop in for free breakfast at 9:00 a.m. and lunch at 12:00 p.m. There is no registration required and no fee to participate in this program.
Adam Sollace, Licensed Childcare Coordinator at EJRP, helped bring the summer food program to Essex Junction. “With the launching of our new summer camp at Fleming – Camp REACH, we were able to take advantage of this great opportunity,” said Sollace. The 59-campers registered each week will be eating the provided breakfast and lunch, along with other kids who are not in camp and choose to come and participate in the food program. Sollace explained that Fleming School qualifies as an “open site,” which means that every kid who wants to receive food, will be able to. “There is no paperwork, no registration process, and no fees. Kids can show up as often as they like. They can eat with us on site, or even take the food home with them.”
Information from Hunger Free Vermont talks about the importance of students continuing to get food during the summer and having balanced nutrition. By providing access on a daily basis to healthy meals, students have the opportunity to stay both nutritionally and developmentally on par with their peers. Depending on the menu for the day, breakfast options include cereal, fresh fruit, bagels, and yogurt parfaits. Lunch options range from pizza, to tacos, turkey and cheese sandwiches, chicken Caesar salad wraps, and more. The full menu for the first four weeks has been released and can be found by clicking here.