There were a few extra smiles, Friday, July 6, at the Centralia Park’s South Shelter.
It was the fourth day of the free lunch program, called the Summer Lunch Program, sponsored by a combined effort of a USDA grant funneled through the North Central Missouri Food Bank and applied by Prenger Foods-Centralia.
Lisa Matthiesen and Tracy England were there setting the tables while other volunteers led the attending children through some pre-meal games.
When they were done, two tables were covered with containers of zucchini, clementines, bowls of lettuce salad, hot dogs in buns, turkey and cheese sandwiches along with peanut butter and granola snacks.
Pausing between organizing lunch: “Caleb you want to send the youngest ones over here to eat and keep playing with the older ones,” Matthiesen called out. “I expect even more children will participate next week as more people hear about it. But we have served 77 lunches this week.”
Matthiesen said 45 children participated.
She said help from the food bank enables them to send home “Buddy Boxes,” similar to the school district’s Buddy Packs, with the attending children every Friday. “Each box contains cereal bars, nuts, juice, milk and health snacks.”
For the complete article, please see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.