Program aims to feed youngsters this summer

More meals and more locations.

There are some major changes with the Summer Lunch Program for this year.

With the addition of breakfast offerings at two locations, the program needed a new name. It is now the Summer Food Service Program.

Also, the program is no longer the exclusive domain of the Warren County School District.

The City of Warren joins the sponsors and will provide bag lunches at three city playgrounds – Beaty Park, Crescent Park, and Lacy Playground – during the summer.

The school district will maintain its distribution points at the cafeterias of Youngsville Elementary Middle School (YEMS) and Warren Area Elementary Center (WAEC).

Children ages 18 and under are eligible to have free breakfasts and/or lunches at the schools. Breakfast at YEMS is available from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. At WAEC, breakfast runs from 8 to 9 a.m. Both schools will offer lunch from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The program starts Thursday and menus will be posted at under the calendars tab. With the exception of the week of the Fourth of July, during which there will be no meal service, the program runs Monday through Friday from June 12 through Aug. 8. YEMS will stop serving breakfasts on July 25.

Meals must be eaten on site and children are asked to clean up after themselves, according to a Warren County School District press release.

Only lunches will be provided to children participating in the city’s playground program. Those will be served from noon to 1 p.m.

The costs of the program are reimbursed through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Information about the program is available by calling the district’s food service department at 723-6900.

Questions about the city’s portion may be directed to Cindy Strandburg at the City of Warren, 723-6300 ext. 116.