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Lunch Box ready for 12th summer of feeding Hawkins children

Jeff Bobo • May 17, 2017 at 4:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County’s Lunch Box summer child-feeding program has come a long way since it was launched in 2006 by the Rogersville-based Of One Accord ministry.

That first year, one school bus converted into a mobile cafeteria served 1,300 meals in the Rogersville area only.

Fast-forward to 2016, when the program, newly expanded to four mobile cafeteria buses, served 14,459 meals from one end of Hawkins County to the other.

As the program prepares to launch its 12th summer of service later this month, Of One Accord Director Sheldon Livesay said he anticipates that the demand will only continue to grow.

“We have many low-income families in Hawkins County, and children get used to eating at school with the free and reduced lunch program,” Livesay told the Times-News on Tuesday. “Every penny is directed toward the light bill, paying rent, keeping gas in the car. When the school year ends, parents have three, four, or five kids coming home for the summer. All of a sudden, they’re burdened with the cost of buying food to feed these kids, and that can sometimes be the difference between paying other bills.

“That’s what the Lunch Box program is for. First, we want to do our best to make sure no child goes hungry while they’re home for summer break. And we also want to help offset some of the financial burden for our low-income families.”

There is no income requirement to eat at the Lunch Box, and all children 18 and under are welcome.

In Rogersville and Mooresburg, the Lunch Box will stop at multiple locations every weekday except for July 4. The program starts June 5 and continues through July 28. Below are the schedules for the two Rogersville/Mooresburg buses:

Bus No.1

• Hawkins County Boys & Girls Club, Rogersville, 11 a.m.

• Joseph Rogers Primary Reading Camp, Rogersville, 11:10 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

• Big Creek Mobile Home Park, Rogersville, 11:55 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

• Dylan Heights Mobile Home Park, Stanley Valley Road, 12:25 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

• Swift Park, Hasson Street, Rogersville, 12:55 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.

• Fugate Hill Apartments, Rogersville, 1:35 p.m. – 2 p.m.

• Rogersville City Park near swimming pool, 2:10 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Bus No.2

• Mooresburg Elementary Reading Camp, 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

• Prices Mobile Home Park 1, 251 Choptack Road, 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

• Prices Mobile Home Park 2, 222 Choptack Road, 12:20 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.

• Arrowhead Mobile Home Park, 2013 Brown Drive, 12:50 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

• Terrace Apartments, 801 W. Broadway, 1:30 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.

• Harmon Drive, Harmon Street, Rogersville, 2:05 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Meals will also be served at the Shepherd’s Center, 306 E. Main St., Rogersville, 11 a.m. – noon, and at the Keplar Elementary Reading Camp, 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m..

Meals will be served at Rogersville City School Reading Camp, 11:30 a.m. – noon, from June 12 until July 13 only.

In Church Hill, Surgoinsville and Mount Carmel, the Lunch Box program will feed children on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from May 31 through July 29, except July 4, at the following locations:

Bus No. 1

• Cross Roads Mobile Home Park, 233 Payne Ridge Road, 11 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

• Frosty Acres Mobile Home Park, 244 Shipley Road, 11:35 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.

• Rolling Hills Mobile Home Park, 162 Shanks Gap, 12:05 p.m. – 12:25 p.m.

• Valley Village Mobile Home Park, 1440 Wolfe Lane, 1:15 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.

• Choo Choo Mobile Home Park, Church Hill, 1:50 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.

Bus No. 2

• Surgoinsville Elementary Reading Camp 11 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.

• Beechwood Hills Mobile Home Park, Williams Road, Surgoinsville, 11:35 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.

• Stoney Pointe Mobile Home Park, 2901 Main St., Surgoinsville, 12:05 p.m. – 12:25 p.m.

• Hickory Hills Mobile Home Park, 370 Silver Lake Road, Church Hill 1:15 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.

• Silver Lake Mobile Home Park, 340 Silver Lake Road, Church Hill, 1:45 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.

• Stroupe Court Apartments, Church Hill, 2:15 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.

Meals will also be at First Free Will Baptist Church, 208 Maple St., Church Hill, 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; Mount Carmel Public Library, noon – 12:30 p.m.; Providence Day Camp, Church Hill, 1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.; Church Hill Swimming Pool, 1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.; and Carters Valley Elementary Reading Camp, 11:30 a.m. – noon.  

                                                                                        

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