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CYC2 ‘Summer lunch party’ returns to Centralia in July

Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 6:16 am

A new Centralia tradition resumes in July.

Student volunteers help set up lunch at the park.

The Centralia Youth Community Coalition, CYC2, which started the tradition last year, is once again serving free summer lunches in the Centralia Municipal Park.

Lisa Matthiesen and Denean Brady will be co-organizing the program, which is administered by the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services and funded by the US Dept. of Agriculture.

Lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 8 through Aug. 2 at the park’s South Shelter. Children through the age of 18 will be served a nutritious meal and fun, Matthiesen said: “We will have activities, fresh fruit and vegetables when possible, and opportunities for a free pass for a one day entry to the city pool.”

Matthiesen said the project needs volunteers to help serve the lunches and organize the children’s activities.

She said they need at least two other people each day to assist with activities and serving the lunches.

“Last summer we served 929 meals,” Matthiesen said.

For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.