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Sullivan County Schools Summer Feeding Program kicks off June 5

Rick Wagner • May 28, 2018 at 2:15 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — With an additional Summer Feeding Program site, and providing free meals twice a week instead of once a week, Sullivan County school nutrition officials hope the 2018 version of the program will serve more meals than last year’s 1,300.

This year’s program, which offers free meals to anyone 18 or younger at the five sites, kicks off Tuesday, June 5, and runs through Thursday, July 19. The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is designed to help young people get nutritious meals when they otherwise might not.

The box lunches will include a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Goldfish crackers, string cheese, fresh fruit, fresh baby carrots, regular or chocolate milk and a cookie, said Amber Anderson, child nutrition coordinator for Sullivan County Schools.

“This year we’re doing five different locations, and we’re doing all five locations on Tuesdays and Thursday,” Anderson said Friday.

The meals will be offered June 5, 7, 12, 14 19 and 21 and July 10, 12, 17 and 19. Each of those days, meals will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Blountville Elementary, Sullivan East High, Sullivan Gardens K-8 and Ketron Elementary, as in previous years, and at Horse Creek Village, the new site.

Flyers about the program went out to schools and students earlier this month, and the flyer is available on the school system website, in the top carousel, at sullivank12.net/.

For more information about the program, contact Linda Holden , summer meals coordinator, at (423) 354-1115; Melissa Dotson, who is working closely with the new Horse Creek site, at 354-1767; or the school system’s Central Office, asking for Amanda Anderson, at 354-1000.

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