Summer lunch program helps families

There is such a thing as a free lunch after all — at least for Tri-Cities-area children this summer.
Krystle Wagner
Jun 13, 2013

 

The Salvation Army is offering mid-day meals to children ages 18 and younger through Aug. 16. Lunch is served weekdays between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Grand Haven corps, 310 N. Despelder St.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program.

Capt. Sally Davis of The Salvation Army in Grand Haven said they partner with the Northwest Ottawa Recreation Authority to provide meals for its campers.

Davis said they served nearly 40 meals on Tuesday and again Wednesday. As the summer progresses, she said they'll serve more children, often ranging between 50 and 60 meals a day.

Davis said the food follows the same guidelines and regulations of school lunch programs, ensuring children have a well-balanced meal at least once each day.

Salvation Army Cadet Samantha Nolan, an intern for the Grand Haven corps this summer, said serving the lunches to children gives her a chance to help others who might be in poverty, as she was growing up.

“It’s nice to give back,” she said.

Although driving to get the meals and serving them requires more work for the corps' volunteers and staff, Davis said it’s a great program to help younger community members who need lunch after the school year has ended.

“It’s worth it,” she said.

Comments

Sandypants

"free" lunches funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program. In other words, paid for by your tax dollars.

rukidding

I agree dirty drawers, the title of the article could use some work. It never ceases to amaze that the commenter’s, in most cases, have more and better information, and better writing skills than those writing the articles here.

To address the point of the article; no way can I, or will I ever complain about a hungry child being fed with my tax dollars.

Whatareyoutalki...

Why do you have an issue with the Salvation Army providing free lunches to children who might otherwise not have anything to eat during the summer months?

This seems like a viable use of tax payer dollars. How about we focus on the IRS spending millions on conferences and less about a 10 year old having something to eat while out of school.

Sandypants

Just call me responsible. If I couldn't afford kids, I wouldn't have had them.

rukidding

I actually like your retort; however things sometimes do change as life progresses. There are a LOT of people that had good paying jobs and could afford to be "responsible" when they had their children but now find themselves between a rock and a hard place. I am confident, having read your comments for some time now, that you really do have a heart, care more than you let on, and are wonderful person on a personal level; so play nice.

Sandypants

Play nice? You are the the one calling names (dirty drawers)? Well . . . I never!

rukidding

You have... and enjoyed it too.

Sandypants

The audacity. I could resort to name calling like you, but I'm above that.

Whatareyoutalki...

Right, "Sorry your mom and dad are dirt bags and can not afford to get you food, but my tax dollars need to be spent on more important things!"

Yup, that's spirit!

Lanivan

You don't understand. As the richest country in the world, we must resent and disapprove of feeding lunch to our poor children for a few weeks in the summer. And in the same breath, express our disapproval of the ACA by giving a thumbs up to the GOP House for their spending $50 million+ taxpayer money in a show of strength by passing legislation repealing the ACA 37 times, knowing full well it's DOA before they even start. I guess some people call that responsible.

By the way, I encourage readers to donate to the Salvation Army, if they are able. It's a very organized and committed source of aid to many people.

Vladtheimp

A pittance compared to the bribes, kickbacks, and advertising the dems spent to get their revered socialized medicine in place. When it hurts more people than it helps, which is inevitable, and goes in the crapper I will await your spin on how it was really the Republicans fault.

On a happier note, inasmuch as the Salvation Army is a religion I am pleased that you no longer demand a wall of separation between Church and state, since this program is funded by tax dollars. Congratulations on your new enlightened attitude Lanny!!

rukidding

You sly, sly individual; nothing like blindsiding.

Wingmaster

Absolut ly hilarious!

Lanivan

With a twist of lemon?

Lanivan

So I can assume you are in favor of spending $50 million+ of taxpayer money for nothing but show instead of earmarking it for summer lunches for poor children?

And I'm not familiar with the 'socialized medicine' you refer to. If you mean the ACA, that is the distilled essence of free market capitalism that has a government-regulated health insurance market. At least, this is according to Mitt Romney, who instituted Romneycare in Massachusetts. Unless HE'S lying, too!

Wingmaster

Maybe Mitt can explain it. Have fun Lany'ring away....
http://www.protectpatientsnow.or...

Lanivan

Loser.

Vladtheimp

Just as I can assume you are in favor of passing legislation through lies, bribes, kickbacks, payoffs, and other chicanery, all to increase: (1) the costs of health insurance, and (2) government control over every aspect of our lives.

Of course you're not, having deeply inhaled the distilled essence of progressive eau de B.S. for many years.

Lanivan

Lanvin Paris?....

Vlad - would you care to answer my question, or does the government control that too?

Lanivan

Oh by the way, on a happier note, it appears the State House panel has approved for vote the ACA Medicaid Expansion program for Michigan. I will await your spin on how this decision is all the Democrat's fault.

Vladtheimp

No spin here Lanny - it is sad to see Republicans abandoning their principles and joining with the party of no principles. I do not support them and have use for them because the have succumbed to the bribery of the Obama Administration - "We're the democrats from Washington and we will pay the huge increased costs associated with the Medicaid expansion in perpetuity - don't worry about the fact that we are $17 trillion in debt.

GHJames

Wow. Anybody here completely lose sight of common sense and decency here? I don't care what circumstances bring a kid into need of basic nutrition, it was not their doing and no child should ever go hungry to prove a political point. Shame on anyone who says otherwise. If it is a church, business, government agency, or just a person off the street that feeds these kids it is money better spent than on almost anything else.

truthhurts

I think it’s great that people volunteer to help these kids, however tax payer money should not be used, that’s basically double dipping in my pocket which is already light due to high taxes and federal gov. wasting my money. I agree with sandy pants…people need to be held responsible for their children that they choose to have, not me. Teach them to go fishing for lunch. The title should say…When Food Stamps are Not Enough

rukidding

Enough already; it doesn't matter where the money comes from, what political party you belong to, your personal take on "responsibility" of the parents, or the price of tea in China. If a child is hungry, they need to be fed. All, and I mean each and every one of you, having a hungry child in your home, would feed them and be happy to do it.

None of us is thrilled with the way our tax dollars are spent, but if my contribution is used to feed hungry children as opposed to funding some other CRAP, then I'm good to go.

Whatareyoutalki...

I'll help pay for the milk!

Regularguy

Parents being responsible or not isn't the question. Children going hungry is. Children should not be held responsible for parental mistakes. I would much prefer tax dollars going to feed children than some of the other things our legislators spend our money on.

 

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