The Scott County Partnership Summer Feeding Program is Off to a Great Start.

The Scott County Partnership Summer Feeding Program kicked off with flying colors on May 29 and has been a great success so far. Every weekday, the program feeds students in the Campbell’s Mobile Home area from 11:50AM-12:20PM. The bus then travels to the Austin Community Park and begins serving from 12:35PM-1:05PM. Every Friday meal kit boxes may be picked up at both of the Campbell’s Mobile Home Park and the Austin Community Park  locations at the times listed above. Both programs will run through Friday, July 29, 2016. For more information please call Ace Woodson at 812-722-7708 or you can contact him by email at ace.woodson@scottcountypartnership.org.

On average, the summer feeding program is serving 40-45 meals a day. Scott Memorial Hospital Dietary Department staff prepares the meals each day. The meals are delivered by a bus provided by Grace Covenant Church in Austin. The Department of Education and USDA fund the program. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

“This has been a great year so far,” according to Ace Woodson, Special Events Coordinator of the Scott County Partnership. “We have over 30 volunteers this summer, including companies,  churches, civic groups, and individuals. All of our wonderful volunteers just want to show that they care. They are making such a positive difference for the Austin area.”

All the meals are served picnic style on portable picnic tables donated by Majesty Express. At Campbell’s Mobile Home Park the portable tables are set up under a shade tree and the students have a huge picnic. At Austin Community Park the meals are served in the shelter house on the picnic tables already available.

The weekly meal packages are provided by Gleaners. The meal kits are distributed on Friday’s at the assigned meal times. The meals may be picked up by an adult at either of the locations at the specified times. They are distributed on a first come-first served basis.

“It has been an added benefit to partner with Gleaners to make sure we are providing meals potentially every day of the week,” added Woodson. “The Friday meal kits will provide meals for the weekend when we are not out providing the daily lunches. In the event we have extra meal kits, we partner with the YMCA to distribute the remaining kits to make sure we provide for as many families as we can.”

For more information on the Summer Feeding Program or to volunteer for the Austin lunch sites, please contact Ace Woodson at ace.woodson@scottcountypartnership.org or call him at 812-722-7708.

The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club is providing volunteers for Mondays in Austin.  If you wish to volunteer to help distribute meals, please contact Don Cooper.  Valerie Wilson is the Scott County Partnership Summer Meal Program Task Force Chair.
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