Boys & Girls Clubs to kick off Summer Meal program June 6

| June 2, 2016

b&gcfoodFestivities to highlight nutrition, public safety

Courtesy of the Boys & Girls Club and Frost Youth Page Editor Jeanie Summerville

FORT WAYNE—Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne will be providing free, nutritious meals to children under 18 years of age this summer at ten approved sites, as an Indiana Department of Education sponsor for the Summer Food Service Program for Children (SFSP).  A kick-off celebration open to the public was held at the Fairfield Boys & Girls Club that‘s located at 2609 Fairfield Ave., on Monday, June 6, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.  In addition to free meals for children 18 years of age or younger, the Fort Wayne Fire Department and Fort Wayne Police Department displayed their vehicles and spoke with interested children and parents about public safety. Games and activities were available for children during the hour.

The hour-long public celebration continued for Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne members during Public Safety & Nutrition Awareness Week June 6 to June 10, 2016.  During that week, Club members learned more about public safety from the Fort Wayne Police and Fort Wayne Fire Department and participate in discussions about nutrition and healthy habits.

SFSP was created to serve nutritious meals to children when National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program meals are not available. To ensure all children receive proper nutrition throughout the year, the Indiana Department of Education reimburses qualified organizations that prepare and serve meals to eligible children for SFSP during the summer and school vacation periods.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne expects to prepare more than 850 meals each day this summer to reach the families needing food services the most. The distribution sites will be located primarily in low income areas and government subsidized housing and Fort Wayne Housing Authority HUD apartments.  Free lunch for children 18 years or under will be available through Aug. 12, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the following sites:

1. Baldwin Creek Apartments, 2020 Hobson Rd. Fort Wayne, IN 46805

2. Black Bear Creek, 1604 Reed Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815

3. Bridge of Grace, 5100 Gaywood Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46806

4. Brookmill Boys & Girls Club, 2857 Millbrook Drive, Fort Wayne IN, 46802

5. Coliseum Apartments, 1035 Ridgewood Dr. Fort Wayne IN, 46805

6. McCormick Apartments, 3005 McCormick Place, Fort Wayne, IN 46803

7. Richfield Apartments, 4737 Heatherwind Drive. Fort Wayne, IN 46815

8. River Cove Apartments, 2430 River Cove Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46825

9. Villa Capri Apartments, 2015 Fox Point Trail. Fort Wayne, IN 46816

10. Fairfield Boys & Girls Club, 2609 Fairfield Ave Fort Wayne IN, 46807

The Fairfield Boys and Girls Club will also serve meals to children 18 years of age or younger during these hours:

• Breakfast—10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday through Friday; and

• Lunch—12 noon to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne is a nonprofit organization that provides structured after school programs that emphasize academic success, good character & citizenship and healthy lifestyles.  Every year, nearly 3,000 children, between six and 18 years old, attend life-changing programs at four Clubs located in high-need areas of Fort Wayne.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne puts children and teens first by focusing on their mission “to inspire all young people, especially those who need us most to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens”.

“Great Futures Start Here” at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne. For more information, visit www.bgcfw.org.

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