Boys & Girls Clubs add hot meals
By BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee implemented a change to its food program in Florence last week. They began serving hot meals in Florence and Hartsville a couple of times a week, complementing the usual sandwiches.
Tuesday was the first day for hamburgers, grilled on site, and the kids were pretty excited. On Thursday, they got hot dogs.
Also on Tuesday, July 11, representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services stopped by, along with local dignitaries, for the Second Annual Summer Food Service Program Tour.
The purpose of the tour is to raise awareness about the Summer Food Service Program and cultivate local community advocates for the program that provides up to two free meals a day to youths and teens, ages 18 and younger, says Ashley Page, End Child Hunger SC community organizer. During the week-long tour, eight different sites in eight counties, along with sponsors were highlighted. Visitors had the opportunity to observe the meal service and participate in activities with youth.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee have provided over 14,000 lunches and over 12,500 breakfasts at its 12 sites during the month of June, said director Neal Zimmerman. During the school year it provides snacks and supper for youth in the after-school programs.
Zimmerman said hot meals will also be served in the other 10 sites.
Kids eat for free. The USDA reimburses the Boys & Girls Clubs for the food cost.