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Area children enjoy free meals
Courier Staff Report
Thursday, June 12, 2014 11:00 AM
Keegan Rogers, 9, enjoys a sandwich Wednesday at Hanover Mobile Home Park as part of the Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana free summer meals program. The lunch included a sandwich, orange, milk and a chocolate bar. (Staff photo by Seth Grundhoeferemail@example.com)
Kobe Rogers, 4, puts the remaining slice of orange in his mouth. The boys’ grandmother, Lois Tandy, said it was the first time she had taken her grandchildren to the lunch stop. They asked to go because they hoped to see friends from school. (Staff photo by Seth Grundhoeferfirstname.lastname@example.org)
Think of it as meals on wheels for kids.
A program developed by the Gleaners Food Bank is delivering healthy lunches to area children by school bus this summer.
Earlier this month, Gleaners launched its summer meals program. The buses travel to designated locations in Hanover and Madison, Monday through Friday.
The Madison Consolidated and Southwestern schools provide the buses in a partnership with the Clearinghouse of Jefferson County.
Anita Schafer, one of the bus drivers, said the program has been a success so far this summer.
"The first day there were all kinds of kids," Schafer said. "I think 31. Since then we've had between 20 and 30-plus each day."
The program is offered to anyone in Jefferson County under 18 years old. Children board the bus and are given a lunch of a sandwich, fruit, applesauce, dessert and milk or juice.
"We've got tons of food. I'd like tons more to come out," Schafer said.
Any food that a participant doesn't like is put into a share box on the bus and made available to the other children.
Schafer said she's seen some children eat two or three sandwiches some days.
"This is a really important program," she said. "For some kids, I think this is the only meal they're getting some days."
The drop off times and locations are:
· West Lawn Mobile Home Park: Noon to 12:25 p.m.
· Rainbow Apartments: Noon to 12:25 p.m.
· Woodside Mobile Homes: Noon to 12:25 p.m. and 12:30 to 1 p.m.
· Jones Mobile Home Park: 12:30 to 1 p.m.
· Corner of Sycamore and Maple streets: 12:30 to 1 p.m.
· Presidential Estates and Windridge Apartments: Noon to 12:40 p.m.
· Madison Mobile Village: Noon to 12:20 p.m.
· Valley Court Apartments: 12:30 to 1 p.m.
PHOTOS: Lunch Break
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