Summer hunger a growing problem in this region

Of course, poverty leads to hunger. Childhood hunger is especially a problem during the summer months. Many children who get free or reduced breakfast and lunch while attending school are now without those meals. That’s 10 meals a week they’re missing.

Fortunately, the United State Department of Agriculture’s summer food service program is available in the region for children who can get to distribution sites. Meals are provided to all children 18 years and younger.

Essex County has “open sites” at CV-Tech in Mineville, Moriah Central School in Port Henry and at Ticonderoga Elementary School. “Open sites” serve all children.

Essex County also has “closed sites” at the Bloomingdale Fire House, Petrova Elementary School in Saranac Lake, Noblewood in Willsboro and Crown Point Central School. “Closed sites” serve income-eligible children. Children who are part of households that receive food stamps or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families are automatically eligible to receive free meals. For more information, call Essex County Community Resources at 873-3632.

Clinton County also offers the USDA summer food service program at the Evergreen Town House Community Center and the Ted K. Center in Plattsburgh. For more information, contact the Clinton County Social Services Department at 565-3370.

In Warren County children get lunch at East Field 11:30 to 12:30 each day through a program operated by the Action Committee for Economic Opportunity, the county and BOCES.

These summer food programs are vital to the health and well being of our children. Our thanks to those who administer and operate them.

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