Thursday, June 26, 2014
St. John the Baptist Parish - Parish President Natalie Robottom and members of her Administrative staff served lunch to over 300 children participating in the St. John Summer Feeding Program on Wednesday, June 25 at LaPlace Elementary School.
The Summer Feeding Program, provides meals for all children 18 years and younger who reside in St. John the Baptist Parish. Meals are served Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at five (5) locations throughout the parish, Garyville/Mt. Airy Math & Science Magnet School, Leon Godchaux Alternative Program, New Wine Christian Fellowship, West St. John Elementary and LaPlace Elementary. Breakfast is available from 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. at Garyville/Mt. Airy Math & Science Magnet School, Leon Godchaux Alternative Program and New Wine Christian Center.
Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, more than 10,000 meals have been administered through the program. Transportation is also provided to all feeding locations. Rhonda Lemons, Director of the Health and Human Services Department, expressed her gratitude. “We are seeing new faces and feeding a broader range of St. John's youth,” said Lemons. “This program is truly touching hearts and satisfying stomachs everywhere in the Parish.”
Youth involved in Parish summer camps including the St. John Parish Recreation camp, sports camps and local church camps also participate. “It was a pleasure to revisit the school system where I spent most of my professional career serving children,” said Parish President Robottom. “Summer Feeding satisfies an essential need during the summer when many of our youth have limited access to healthy and nutritious foods.”
The Summer Feeding Program is scheduled to end July 10, 2014. For information on transportation or locations, please contact the Health and Human Services Department at 985-536-4955.