WARREN - Children and mentally or physically disabled adults will receive free meals this summer.
Two programs being sponsored by the Warren City Schools are the Summer Food Service Program for Children and the Summer Backpack Program.
The Summer Food Service Program, with the assistance of $1 million in funding from Gov. John Kasich, will provide more than 1,000 Warren children with free weekend meals over 10 weeks. The meals will be provided to children younger than 18 or adults older than 18 who are mentally or physically disabled as determined by a state or local public educational agency and will be distributed at selected feeding sites.
Those who participate on Fridays also will receive a backpack with six "shelf-stable meals" for the weekend.
"Ohio's children deserve a healthy start in life. Preventing hunger and malnutrition supports them in having a healthy childhood and becoming healthy adults," said first lady Karen W. Kasich.
The service is being provided by Warren City Schools in cooperation with Governor John Kasich's Community and Faith Based Initiatives, the Ohio Association of Food Banks and the Ohio Department of Education.
Free meals will be made available to all children 18 years of age and younger or persons older than 18 who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled:
Agape Assembly, 426 Nevada St., Warren; June 17 to Aug. 15 - lunch 12:30 to 1 p.m.
Austin Village Baptist Church, 545 Commerce Ave., Warren; June 17 to Aug. 15 - lunch 1 to 1:30 p.m.
Because of Him Ministry, 1212 Tod Ave., Warren; June 17 to Aug. 15 - lunch noon to 12:30 p.m.
Coleman Chapel, 1102 Highland, Warren; June 24 to June 28 - lunch noon to 12:30 p.m.
Community Church of God in Christ, 310 Austin, Warren; June 20 to Aug. 15 (Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) - lunch noon to 12:30 p.m.
Community Garden, 565 Laird Ave., Warren; June 17 to Aug. 15 - lunch 10:30 to 11 a.m.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 140 Cherry St. N.W., Warren; June 17 to Aug. 15 - lunch 11:30 a.m. to noon
Grace AME Church, 1137 Main St., Warren; June 17 to June 21 - lunch 11:30 a.m. to noon
Greater Apostolic Faith Church, 3571 Tod Ave., Warren; June 17 to July 26 - lunch 12:30 to 1 p.m.
Jefferson K-8, 1543 Tod Ave., Warren; July 15 to Aug. 8 - lunch 11:30 a.m. to noon
Lincoln K-8, 2253 Atlantic, Warren; June 10 to Aug. 8 - lunch 11:30 a.m. to noon
McGuffey K-8, 3465 Tod Ave., Warren; July 15 to Aug. 8 - lunch 11:30 a.m. to noon
New Freedom Missionary Baptist Church, 1590 Tod Ave., Warren; June 17 to June 21 - lunch 11:30 a.m. to noon
Northmar Church of the Christian & Missionary Alliance, 3855 E. Market, Warren; June 11 to June 14 - lunch 11:30 a.m. to noon
Packard Park, Mahoning Avenue, Warren; June 17 to Aug. 15 - lunch 12:30 to 1 p.m.
Salvation Army, 270 Franklin St., Warren; June 17 to Aug. 5 (Mondays only) - lunch 11:30 a.m. to noon
Waddell Park, Sharkey Road, Niles; June 10 to Aug. 15 - lunch noon to 12:30 p.m.
Warren First Assembly of God, 2640 Parkman Road, Warren; June 17 to June 21 - lunch noon to 12:30 p.m.
Warren G. Harding High School, 860 Elm Road, Warren; June 5 to Aug. 15 - lunch 11:30 a.m. to noon
Willard K-8, 2020 Willard, Warren; June 10 to Aug. 15 lunch 11:30 a.m. to noon
"Their hard work and continued recognition of the value that access to nutritious food plays in our state's ability to prevent costly healthcare and educational expenses is generous, insightful and timely. Child hunger is a serious problem in Ohio, and this additional $1 million could not come at a better time," said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks.
Children must be 18 years or younger to receive the meal, which must be consumed at the site. Children participating on Fridays at selected feeding sites will receive the weekend backpack.