July 14, 2008

Project Bread Helping Children Stay Healthy

By Shawn Myrick, The Sun, Lowell, Mass.

Jul. 14--LOWELL -- Many kids think of school as a place to socialize with friends. Others see it as the place where they are bogged down with work and lessons. Still, there are others who see school as a place to get at least one regular meal a day.

So when summer vacation rolls around, those children often are left struggling to find regular meals.

As part of the Summer Food Service Program sponsored by Project Bread, distributors feed children under 18 from low-income families in the communities of Lowell, Fitchburg and Leominster.

"Every kid in a covered community can get a summer meal every day," said Ellen Parker, director of Project Bread. "All they need to do is come to a site, get registered and they get a free meal."

Parker believes that this effort helps troubled families.

"Twenty-one-point-six percent of kids in Lowell are bellow the poverty level," said Parker "It's a solution that's out there. Things are really tough."

The distribution sites have food and activities available for the kids.

"It is fun, and it keeps them healthy," said Parker.

Project Bread accepts donations for distributors.

"You can donate to Project Bread and say where you want it to go," said Parker. "Anyone can donate."

"These are tough times, and families should not hesitate," Parker said, urging residents who need assistance to get it. "This year, we want kids go back to school well read and well fed."

The following sites will be

distributing food in Lowell. Distributions are meals going from Monday to Friday unless otherwise noted:

Pyne School, to Aug. 15 from 11:30a.m. to 12:30p.m.; Boys & Girls Club to Aug. 22 from 9 to 10 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.; Mcpherson Park (snacks) to Aug. 22 from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.; Shedd Park to Aug. 22 noon to 1 p.m.; South Common Park to Aug. 22, 12:15 to 1:15p.m.; St. Anne's Church to Aug. 22, from 9 to 9:30 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.; Charlotte M. Murkland School to Aug. 15, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. to 1:30p.m.; Christa McAuliffe School to July 30, from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m., and 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., B & G Club Lowell/M.Keenan Plg to Aug. 22 from noon to 1 p.m.; Lowell High School from 8:30 to 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to noon; Rynne Beach, Monday to Thursday until Aug. 15, from noon to 12:30 p.m., Stoklosa School to July 30 from 8 to 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1:30p.m.; Caleb Foundation, to Aug. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to noon; Christ Jubilee International Ministries to Aug. 15 from 11:30a.m. to noon; LHA Healthy Summer to Aug. 15 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15p.m.; Mcpherson Park/Girls Scouts, Monday to Thursday until Aug. 15 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15p.m.; North Common Park/Council on Aging/Girl Scouts to Aug. 15 from noon 12:30 p.m.; Olga Nieves Park/Girl Scouts Monday to Thursday until Aug. 15 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15p.m.; Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell to Aug. 15 from noon to 1 p.m.


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