Free Meals - Summer Feeding Launches June 2

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The goal of the USDA Seamless Summer Nutrition Program is to provide free meals and snacks to all children under the age of 18.

The program provides the first free meals of summer starting on Monday, June 2, and will continue through Thursday, July 31.

Whitfield County families who are struggling to make ends meet may take advantage of the federally-funded summer feeding program to provide free healthy meals for their children. Breakfast is served from 8 to 8:45 a.m. and lunch serving times vary from 11:15 a.

m. until 12:40 p.m. depending on the site. Meals will be served on weekdays.

The community program is completely funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. No local tax dollars supplement the program and there is no additional tax burden on the local school systems or community.

Sites include church buildings, community centers, playgrounds, apartment complexes, parks and other areas where children gather in the summer.

Each site is limited to two servings per day and may provide breakfast, lunch, or a snack. Food is for children 18 years old and younger, and must be eaten on site.

For more information about the summer feeding program and feeding sites, please call (706) 259-9537. You may also call or send a text message to Annette Gordy at (706) 508-2013.

Sites this year include:

Antioch Baptist Church
Bay Street Trailer Park
Bear Creek Subdivision
Bonnie Grove Subdivision
Cedar Ridge Trailer Park
Coahulla Creek High
Cohutta Elementary
Cricket Trailer Park
Dawnville Elementary
Eastbrook Trailer Park
Eastside Elementary
Gillespie Drive
Hill Road Apartments
Hill Top Trailer Park
Manis Grocery, Cohutta
Margaret Circle
Mount Vernon United Baptist Church (Westside)
Mountain View Subdivision (Cleveland Hwy)
New Haven United Methodist Church (South 41)
New Life Baptist Church North Whitfield Middle
Nueva Vida Christian (1499 Riverbend Road)
Pleasant Grove Elementary
Ridley Trailer Park
Riverbend Trailer Park
Roberts Circle Trailer Park
Southeast High School
Stanley St., Eastside Area
Stinnett Trailer Park
Tunnel Hill United Methodist Church
Valley Baptist Church
Valley Point Park (at the school)
Varnell City Pavilion


Morning Pointe, Samaritan Center Celebrate 6th Annual Holiday Toy Drive

Morning Pointe Senior Living and Independent Healthcare Properties (IHP), in partnership with The Samaritan Center in Ooltewah, continue a 6-year-old tradition of bringing Christmas to local children and families in need. From November through early December, the senior healthcare company’s assisted living and Alzheimer’s memory care communities in Chattanooga, Ooltewah, Hixson ... (click for more)

Haslam, Boyd Announce State Infrastructure Investment Surrounding St. Jude Children's Research Hospital In Shelby County

Governor Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd on Thursday announced that the state of Tennessee, along with the city of Memphis, will invest in public infrastructure surrounding St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.   The state will invest $12 million in FastTrack funding to improve the public infrastructure surrounding ... (click for more)

Tennessee Members Of Congress Urge President To Approve Federal Disaster Assistance For Tennessee Counties

Members of Tennessee’s Congressional delegation on Saturday urged President Obama to quickly approve Governor Haslam’s request for a major disaster declaration for the State of Tennessee to help five Tennessee counties impacted by wildfires and severe weather in November rebuild and recover. “Governor Bill Haslam has submitted a request for Public Assistance and Individual ... (click for more)

Grohn Says Integrity And Ethics Lacking In Berke Administration

Mayoral candidate Larry Grohn criticized controversies and instability coming from the mayor’s administration as a sign of unethical leadership and a lack of integrity. He said, "These scandals lay out the simple fact that it is time for new leadership which is accountable to the people." Councilman Grohn’s criticism comes after the independent auditor’s release of a memorandum ... (click for more)

New School Funding Ideas

After reading the article “County Schools Prepare To Set Priorities For Next Round Of School Building Funding,” I could not help but think about how helpful it would be to have the millions of taxpayer dollars given the owners of Walnut Common apartments to build some new schools.   In case you did not know, since 2008 our elected officials have given away millions in taxpayer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: John Glenn’s ‘Hero’

When John Glenn became the first man to orbit earth, the timing was perfect. I was 13 years old at the time, in need of a hero, and I latched on to the astronaut tighter than a tick. All of us boys knew he’d flown 150 missions in fighters in World War II and Korea and, believe me, he was “The Right Stuff” long before the great movie about the Mercy 7 daredevils came out about 30 ... (click for more)