Annual free lunch program for children begins June 11

KEVIN CORVO, ThisWeek Community News

This summer, Serving Our Neighbors Ministries once again will provide free lunches and programming to Hilliard students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches during the school year.

The Hilliard Free Lunch Summer Camp for Kids, which is in its eighth year, will have five sites with two-hour sessions of lunch and programming.

Lunches will be free but there is a $25 registration fee for the summer camp.

Children at least 12 months old through the age of 18 are eligible to participate.

Activities at the day camp include arts and crafts, said Alison Rooney, director of programs for Serving Our Neighbors Ministries.

The weekday program begins Wednesday, June 11, and ends Aug. 1. It will not be offered July 4.

This year, the ministry sought host sites closer to where children utilizing the program reside.

"Transportation in the summer for children in need is often an issue," said Kim Emch, executive director and founder of Serving Our Neighbors Ministries.

Children and their parents or guardians can go to any of the five sites on any day to register and attend as needed, Emch said.

The five sites and times are:

• J.W. Reason Elementary School, 4790 Cemetery Road, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

• Horizon Elementary School, 6000 Renner Road, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

• Bayside Commons apartments, 2332 Asics Road, from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m.

• Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3500 Main St., from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

• Hilliard Church of Christ, 4300 Avery Road, from noon to 2 p.m.

The program is made possible through donations of services, products and sites from numerous agencies and individuals, Emch said.

More than 3,800 students in Hilliard schools receive free or reduced-price lunches and are eligible for the program, according to the ministry.

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