Free summer food for local children

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Any child under 18-years-old can eat breakfast, lunch, supper, and snacks for free all summer long, according to Susan Hubbs, Director of Benton County Public Library System.

Working with Hubbs, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is helping to sponsor the 2019 Summer food Service Program that is administered by the Department of Human Services under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For the Library, food service will be available through July 31 during normal operating hours. Food distribution hours are: breakfast, 9:30-10:30 a.m., lunch 12-1 p.m. and supper will be served any time after 4 p.m. Hubbs said that snacks are generally available throughout the day.

Big Sandy Christian Community Outreach Center is also part of the program. Located at 30 Front St., children are welcomed to visit the center through June 30, and then from July 15-25, Mondays through Fridays, with breakfast from 10-11 a.m. and lunch served from 1:30-2:30 each day.

Hubbs said, “Second Harvest, besides providing breakfast and lunch, has sponsored our summer backpack program. If you know a child in need of food for the weekend or during our holiday closures, please send them to the library for a package to take home filled with nutritious foods for those times we are closed.”

She finished with, “No child in Benton County needs to go hungry! Second Harvest and your Library are here to help.”

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