By Kevin Glackin-Coley
In response to the increasing rates of hunger for children across our community, the St. Leo Food Connection will be sponsoring the Simplified Summer Food Program for Children beginning June 20, 2013.
The Food Connection will be serving sack lunches and snacks at Summer Meals sites in Tacoma, Lakewood, Fife and Fircrest on weekdays throughout the summer. Please see the following list for sites and meal service times.
- SPRINGBROOK PARK (12501 Addison St SW) – LUNCH 12:15- 12:45 SNACK 2:00 – 2:15 (no snack on Friday)
- GREENWOOD 2 APARTMENTS (5529Boston Ave. SW) LUNCH 12:15 – 1:15 SNACK 1:45 – 2:00
- SAGE TERRACE APARTMENTS (3502 92nd Street S) LUNCH 12:00- 12:30 SNACK 2:00 – 2:15
- ARROWHEAD APARTMENTS (10724 109th St SW) LUNCH 12:30- 1:00 SNACK 2:30 – 2:45
- TYEE PARK ELEMENTARY (11920 Seminole Road SW) (June 24 – August 23) LUNCH 11:30 – 12:00 SNACK 1:30 – 1:45
- TILLICUM LIBRARY (14916 Washington Ave. SW) LUNCH 12:15- 12:45
- LAUREL GARDENS (6503 150th Street SW) LUNCH 1:00 – 1:30
- MOBILE HOME PARK (3314 96th Street South, Lakewood) LUNCH 12:30- 1:00 Snack 2:00 – 2:15
“We know from the growth of our Backpack Program, which provides two days worth of food on Fridays to more than 600 children at numerous Tacoma and Clover Park Public Schools that many children in our community are at-risk of going hungry, and that this sad truth is only exacerbated during the summer when school breakfasts and lunches are not available for many of the children who rely on them during the school year,” said St. Leo Food Connection Director Kevin Glackin-Coley. “Last year we served a daily more than 700 children daily throughout the summer, but we know that the need is even greater. With the program expansions that we are putting into place we anticipate that we will be serving close to 800 children on weekdays throughout the summer.
Meals will be prepared daily at McCarver Elementary (2111 South J Street, Tacoma) and then delivered to the various sites. The Food Connection is partnering with local agencies, including the Tacoma Housing Authority, Mercy Housing, Lakewood, Fife and Fircrest Parks and Recreation Departments, to maximize the number of children they are able to serve.
Lunch and snacks will be made available at no charge to attending children 18 years of age and younger. All meals are available without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. If you believe you have been treated unfairly, you may file a complaint of discrimination by writing, USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA and the St. Leo Food Connection are equal opportunity providers and employers.