Diane Peltz – Contributing Writer
School is over for summer and so is the free lunch program, which so many children rely on during the school year. This summer children need not worry about where their lunch meal will be coming from thanks to the Summer Food Program sponsored by Macon Program for Progress (MPP.)
MPP has been offering free lunches for children ages 0-18 for the past nine years. This year is no exception. With nine sites offering the free lunch program children can visit at any of the available sites to get a free lunch.
Volunteers throughout town set up the lunches at various locations. Students from Lyndon B. Johnson Job Corps program, also volunteer to prepare and help serve the dishes. Most sites begin serving between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Two sites, Burningtown Baptist Church VBS (vacation bible school) and Dryman’s Chapel United Methodist Church VBS, offer dinner which is served at 5:30 PM.
What the program offers
When a child attends one of the nine sites offering the free lunch, they also get to take part in fun activities such as arts and crafts and story time. The menu offers a variety of lunch items from sandwiches to pizza to tacos, a side of vegetables and a dessert. Parents can find a menu online at MPP SFSP or June – August. This year the program begins on June 10, and ends on August 9. T
• Bateman Trailer Park – 12-12:45 p.m., Monday, Wednesday & Friday – June 10- Aug. 9
• Burningtown Baptist Church VBS – 6 to 6:30 p.m. – June 24-July 12
• Dryman’s Chapel United Methodist Church VBS 5:30 to 6 p.m., July 8-12
• First United Methodist Church VBS – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – June 17-20
• Hayes Mill Trailer Park – 12 to 1:10 pm. – June 10-Aug. 9
• Macon County Public Library – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – June 10 to Aug. 9
• Nantahala Learning Center – 12:45-1:45 p.m. – June 10-Aug. 9
• New Vision Gymnastics – 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – June 10- Aug. 9
• The Learning Ladder Academy – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – June 10-Aug. 9