Second Harvest Food Bank set to resume summer meals program for kids

The Second Harvest Food Bank, in conjunction with local schools and community organizations, will begin providing meals for children in Clark, Champaign and Logan Counties on Monday.

In its fourth year, the organization’s summer food program is available to kids age 1-18 and helps bridge the gap for those who get breakfast and lunch at school during the school year.

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Providing free, pre-packaged meals, the program runs until August 21.

“We didn't have a program like that in this area, and the Department of Education reached out to see if we were interested in that,” executive director Tyra Jackson said. “We've been doing that for the past three years we will be doing that again this year so students are able to come and get food during the summer when school's out.”

Each child will receive five breakfasts and five lunches per week with the number of meals given out to total more than 20,000.

“Often they aren't provided those two staple meals that they receive during the school year, breakfast and lunch, and we're able to provide that to them,” Jackson said.

In addition to the children’s meals program, the food bank provides food the those in the need through mobile pantries, direct deliveries, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program for seniors and through its many partner agencies.

The summer food program will have 15 pick-up sites:

Benjamin Logan Middle School (Logan County)4626 County Rd 26, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
Thursdays | 12-1pm | Jun 18 - Aug 20

Central Community Kitchen Center 102 W High Street, Springfield, Ohio 45502
Tuesdays | 1-2pm | Jun 16 - Aug 18

Clark Pre School 
1500 W Jefferson, Springfield, Ohio 45506
Mondays | 12-1pm | Jun 15 - Aug 17

Fulton Elementary School 631 S Yellow Springs St, Springfield, Ohio 45506
Mondays | 12-1 pm | Jun 15 - Aug 17

H.O.P.E. Ministries 705 Linden Avenue, Springfield, Ohio 45505
Thursdays | 4-5pm | Jun 18 - Aug 20

Hayward Middle School 1700 Clifton Avenue, Springfield, Ohio 45505
Mondays | 12-1pm | Jun 15 - Aug 17

Horace Mann Elementary 521 Mt. Joy Street, Springfield, Ohio 45505
Tuesdays | 12-1pm | Jun 16 - Aug 17

Lagonda Elementary School 500 E. McCreight Ave, Springfield, Ohio 45503
Mondays | 12-1pm | Jun 15 - Aug 17

Lincoln Elementary School 1500 Tibbetts Ave, Springfield, Ohio 45506
Mondays | 12-1pm | Jun 15 - Aug 17

New Carlisle Elementary School 1203 Kennison Ave, New Carlisle, Ohio 45344
Wednesdays | 1-2 pm | Jun 17 - Aug 19

Second Harvest Food Bank 31 North Sycamore St, Springfield, Ohio 45503
Mon-Fri | 2:30-3:30pm | Jun 15 - Aug 21

Snyder Park 1600 Maiden Lane, Springfield, Ohio 45504
Tuesdays | 12-1pm | Jun 16-Aug 17

Springfield High School 701 E. Home Road, Springfield, Ohio 45503
Wednesdays | 12-1pm | Jun 17-Aug 17

St. Paris Pantry (Champaign County)135 W. Main Street, St. Paris, Ohio 43072
Tuesdays | 12-1pm | Jun 16 - Aug 18

Warder Park Elementary School 2820 Hillside Ave, Springfield, Ohio 45503
Tuesdays | 12-1pm | Jun 16 - Aug 17

Jackson said earlier this month the food bank has seen a huge increase in need as a result of the coronavirus pandemic that descended on the area in March.

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