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Gary, IN— The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is once again acting as a sponsor for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The SFSP is a government funded program that aims to feed hungry children during the summer months when they are no longer receiving free or reduced meals at school. They are once again partnering with Meals on Wheels to provide hot lunches at the sites. The Food Bank is sponsoring 5 sites in Gary, Hammond, and East Chicago.
“For many kids summertime means a break from school and a chance for uninterrupted play, but for countless others, it is a time of uncertainty and lethargy as they no longer have a reliable source of food each day. These children often rely on the breakfast and lunch provided by their schools as their only dependable source of food, and when schools let out for the summer these children are left wondering where their next meal will come from,” says Chanda Dixon, at the Food Bank. The Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, and the Summer Food Service Program help alleviate this problem by providing breakfast and lunch to at risk kids five days a week.
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana will be providing meals to 5 sites starting on June 10th and running through August 9th. Breakfast and lunch will be served Monday through Friday. The program is open to all children 18 and under. The Summer Feeding Sites for the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana are Bethel Congregational COGIC (815 Michigan St., Hammond): breakfast 9-10am and lunch 12:30-1:30pm, Bethel Temple (110 W. 43rd St., Gary); breakfast 9:30-10:30am and lunch 11:30m-12:30pm, Mission of Jesus Christ (3924 Kennedy Ave., East Chicago): breakfast 9:30-10:30am and lunch 12:30-1:30pm, Salvation Army (513 W. Chicago Ave., East Chicago): breakfast 9-10am and lunch 12:15-1:15pm, and GoodWill Church (5119 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago): breakfast 9-10am and lunch 12-1pm.
For more information on the Summer Food Services Program please contact Chanda Dixon at 219-902-2280. For sites in other areas not sponsored by the Food Bank, please call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish speakers).
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is located in Gary and supplies food to over 90 pantries and soup kitchens in Lake and Porter Counties. In addition to distributing food to their member agencies the Food Bank also runs the BackPack, Kid’s Café, Food Rescue, HOPE Project, and Pantry on the Go programs and offers pantry referrals. Last year the Food Bank distributed over 4.9 million pounds of food, and served over 5,000 individuals a week.
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