Thursday, July 18, 2013
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – Parish President Natalie Robottom, her administrative staff and several Council Members showed their support for the Summer Feeding Program by joining Director Rhonda Lemons in serving lunch to local youth participating in the program.
Council Members Michael Wright and Jaclyn Hotard along with her daughter Cobi, served lunch at LaPlace Elementary on Monday, June 24. "It was truly a great experience to participate in this wonderful program that is offered to the youth of our parish,” said District 5 Councilman Michael Wright. “Volunteering for the summer food program was a very rewarding experience,” said Council-At-Large Division B Member Jaclyn Hotard. Council members Larry Snyder and Lennix Madere served lunch at Fifth Ward Elementary on Wednesday, June 26. “I was honored to be able to work with such a dedicated staff committed to providing nutritious meals to the kids in our community,” said Madere. “It was such a delight being back in school and seeing the little smiles and gleams in the eyes of the kids. It felt as if we were doing something good,” he added.
Parish President Robottom and her staff also spent part of the day at Fifth Ward on Monday, July 8 serving lunch and visiting with participants and staff. “The Summer Feeding Program satisfies a critical need for many of our children during the summer, providing nutritious options for healthy growth,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “I began my professional career in the St. John School System and I enjoy interacting with the children and staff.”
The Health and Human Services Department has operated the Summer Feeding Program for twenty-five years providing free, nutritious, meals during the summer months to area children 18 and under. Funded by the United States Department of Education, over 1,000 children are served daily through the program and transportation services are provided. The program works closely with many of the summer camps and schools throughout St. John, including the St. John Recreation Department, local church camps and sports camps. To date, 23,583 lunch meals and 4,151 breakfast meals have been served.
Meals are available through July 18 on Monday through Thursday at six (6) locations throughout the parish. Breakfast is served from 7:30 am - 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact the Health & Human Services Department at 985-652-9569.