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Summer Program Offers Free Food

Posted on: 5:18 pm, May 23, 2013, by , updated on: 11:34am, May 29, 2013

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(Memphis) School is officially out for students in Shelby County and the city is trying to find a way to keep them safe and healthy.

They kicked off the new summer food program that begins June 3rd.

Most of us don’t think twice about having something to eat, but a nationwide study shows 23% of children in Memphis are considered food insecure.

“It’s kind of hard sometimes. It gets hard and it’s hot,” explained one mother.

She says that’s why refrigerators are almost bare in some Westwood households.

She is among those celebrating the kick-off of the city’s new summer food program that will hand out meals in 23 city parks.

Mayor A C Wharton said he wasn’t going to let budget woes keep the city from offering this program, “This is a priority and I’m not going to let the fact that things are tight downtown and it’s just so good that people are responding. We’ve got so many partners on this.”

Cigna Health Care donated $127,000 to fund the two month summer program.

Company executives say it was an easy sell.

The program will offer more than just food.

With each meal, there will be a message about staying safe and away from trouble.

The mayor says there will be a message in leadership development, jobs skills making healthy lifestyle choices.

For those adults wanting to make a difference this summer, the program is looking for volunteers.

Participating Parks

NORTH

Treadwell
N. Highland @ Guernsey
New Chicago
Breedlove @ St. Charles
Georgian Hills
3930 Lewier St
Jackson
Pikes Peak Ave.
Alberson
Whitney @ Baskin
Denver
Tulsa @ Bigelow
Gooch
1974 Hunter
Raleigh Bartlett Meadows
5195 Twin Wood

CENTRAL

Peabody
712 Tanglewood
Binghampton
2606 Everett
Jesse Turner
S. Parkway E @ Bellevue

SOUTH

Belz
Shelby @ E. Fernwood
Dalstrom
Shelby Dr./Weaver Rd
Lincoln
1363 E. Person
Riverview Park
1891 Kansas St.
Gardenview
Hartz Dr. @ Raines Rd.
Oakhaven
3875 Bishops Bridge
Gaston
1048 South Third St.
Lewis Davis
Pendleton @ Deadrick
Obrien
Prescott @ Steve
Westwood
810 Western Park

EAST

Godwin
4410 Mallory Ave.
Winridge
Ridgeway/Village Grove

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