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Summer Feeding Program!



Contact: Carrie Fulbright, Director of External Relations, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc.
             PH  317-829-1765 EM  cfulbright@gleaners.org


Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. announces plans to provide free lunches to children in Jefferson, Jennings and Fayette Counties this summer

 
Indianapolis, Ind. (May 3, 2012)

Jefferson County: According to the Map the Meal Gap study conducted by Feeding America, 24.2% of children in Jefferson County are food insecure.  This translates into 1,800 children.  Believing that every child deserves to live in a hunger free community, Gleaners Food Bank will offer lunches to children this summer at Hanover Southwestern Elementary and Brown Gymnasium.  

Lunches will be provided Monday through Friday from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.  The program will begin June 4th.  The program ends at Hanover Southwestern Elementary on July 27th and at Brown Gym on August 3rd.  The lunch is free to everyone 18 years and younger.  At Southwestern Elementary lunches will not be provided on July 4th.  Additionally, Brown Gym will not provide lunches July 4th – 6th.

The program, entitled SLAM – Summer Lunches, Active Minds, is in its first year in Jefferson County. This summer feeding effort would not have been possible without the collaborative efforts of Hanover College, Southwestern Jefferson County Schools, The Clearinghouse, and the City of Madison.

“We at Southwestern Schools appreciate the generous opportunity provided by Gleaners for our first ever Summer Lunch Program.  Our school community is very excited to participate in helping our students in getting a free lunch during the summer vacation.  Thank you so much” said Steve Telfer, Superintendent, 
Southwestern Jefferson County School Corp.

Organizations that are interested in volunteering to help with the program, please contact Tina Jones at tinajones28@hotmail.com.  


Jennings County:
 According to the Map the Meal Gap study conducted by Feeding America27.6% of children in Jennings County are food insecure.  This translates into 2,040 children.  Believing that every child deserves to live in a hunger free community, Gleaners Food Bank will offer lunches to children this summer at multiple locations throughout the county.  

The program, entitled FLASH – Free Lunches All Summer, Hooray!, is in its first year in Jennings County. This summer feeding effort would not have been possible without the collaborative efforts of Country Squire Lakes, Graham Creek Elementary, Campbell Township Fire Department, St. Vincent Jennings Hospital, and the Senior Resource Center.   Free lunches will be provided to students 18 years old and under in a variety of different ways throughout the summer and at several different lunch sites. 

Lunch Sites:
At County Squire Lakes, lunches will be provided Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm starting Monday, June 4th and ending Friday, August 3rd.  Site will be closed July 4th.  After lunch on Monday and Wednesday, students will receive an additional lunch to take home with them for the following day.

At the Senior Resource Center, hot lunches will be provided on Monday and Wednesday from 11:15 am – 12:15pm starting Monday, June 4th and ending Friday, August 3rd.  Site will be closed July 4th.  After lunch on Monday and Wednesday, students will receive an additional lunch to take home with them for the following day.

Children living near Butlerville or Commiskey will be able to receive five lunches at once to last them throughout the week.  Pick up locations are at Graham Creek Elementary in Commiskey on Mondays from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm and Campbell Township Fire Department in Butlerville on Tuesdays from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  The program will start the week of June 4th and end the week of July 30th

Kick-Off Event:
There will be a “FLASH Kick-off Mobile Pantry” on Saturday, May 19 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon.  This will be in conjunction with the hospital’s Health and Fitness Expo.  The mobile pantry is available to anyone who needs food assistance.  Information on the summer feeding program will also be available. 


Fayette County: 
According to the Map the Meal Gap study conducted by Feeding America, 34.6% of children in Fayette County are food insecure.  This translates into 1,990 children.  Believing that every child deserves to live in a hunger free community, Gleaners Food Bank will offer lunches to children this summer at multiple locations throughout the county.  

This is the first year for the Spartan Summer Food Truck and the truck will provide lunches to children at a variety of locations. This summer feeding effort would not have been possible without the support of the Fayette County School system and Chartwells.  All lunches are free and available to any child 18 years of age and under.

The Spartan Summer Food Truck will bring lunches to the following locations Monday through Friday from May 21st through August 10th.  The food truck will not run on May 28th or July 4th.  There will be a different menu daily and lunches must be consumed on site.  The sites are as follows: Connersville Park from 11am – Noon, Elephant Hill Mobile Park from 12:45pm – 1:15 pm, Frazee Community Center from 1:30 pm – 1:45pm, Wells Mobile Home Park from 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm, and Conner Court Apartments from 2:45pm – 3:15pm.

Grab and Go lunches will also be available Monday through Friday from May 21st through August 10th at three locations.  These lunches are box lunches that children may pick up and take home if they wish.  The truck will be at Offutt’s Park from 12:15 pm – 12:30pm, 2nd Street Park from 1:45pm – 1:55 pm, and at White River Camp Ground from 2:35pm – 2:40 pm.  The food truck will not run on May 28th or July 4th.

Kick Off Event:
A “Spartan Summer Kick-off Mobile Pantry” will be available on Monday, May 21 from 11 am – 1 pm at the city park in Connersville.  The mobile pantry is open to anyone in need of food assistance and information on the Spartan Summer Food Truck will be available.




About Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc.
On a yearly basis, over 160,000 food-insecure Hoosiers depend on food and other critical grocery products provided by Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana to hunger relief agencies throughout 21 counties in central and southeastern Indiana. Gleaners was founded in 1980 and is a member of Feeding America the nation’s food bank network.  Since then, the food bank has distributed over 300 million pounds of food and critical grocery products to over 350 hunger relief agencies serving needy Hoosiers.  In addition to food distribution to hunger relief agencies, Gleaners serves our most vulnerable populations, seniors and children, through specialty programs such as the Commodity Supplemental Food (CSFP) Program, BackSacks – Weekend Food for Kids, School-Based Food Pantries, and the Summer Feeding Program.    In Gleaners’ 21-county service area, more than 287,000 people live in poverty—and 103,000 of them are children.  To learn more, log onto www.gleaners.org.