Parish President Natalie Robottom and members of her administrative staff spent part of the day serving lunch at West St. John High School to children participating in St. John’s Summer Feeding Program.
Meals for children 18 years and younger are available Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at six (6) public school cafeterias throughout the parish, including East St. John Elementary, Garyville/Mt. Airy Magnet, Leon Godchaux, Lake Pontchartrain Elementary, Fifth Ward Elementary, and West St. John High School. Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, the program has served an average of 2,366 children per day and also provides transportation services.
The Summer Feeding Program works closely with many of the summer camps throughout St. John Parish including the YMCA, the St. John Parish Recreation Department, and local church camps. Elois Joseph, Director of the Health and Human Services Department, expressed her gratitude for the St. John Parish School System for their participation in the program. “The St. John School Board assisted in notifying families of our program at the end of the school year as well as providing the facilities for the Summer Feeding Program,” she explained.
“Much of my professional career was spent in the school system. I love coming back to this environment and interacting with the children. This Summer Feeding program satisfies a critical need for many of our children during the summer. For some of them, their most nutritious meals came from the school cafeteria,” stated President Robottom.
The Summer Feeding Program is scheduled to end July 21, 2011.