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BFA approved for summer food program; six sites to provide meals

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

The state has approved Brunswick Family Assistance to participate in the Summer Food Service Program to provide free nutritious meals during the summer to kids ages 18 and younger beginning June 23.

According to BFA Executive Director Joe Cannon, BFA applied to the state to participate in the program and also recruited organizations including several churches to serve as local meal sites.

“We’ve got about 5,000 kids in the school system in Brunswick County who get free and reduced lunch and breakfast,” Cannon said.

When school’s out, demand at the agency’s food pantry increases dramatically, so Cannon thought applying for the program, which allows BFA to be reimbursed for the cost of meals by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was a good solution.

Cannon said he wants BFA to participate in the program every year.

Meal sites, their times and days of operation are as follows:

•New Beginnings Community Church, 730 Whiteville Road, Shallotte; open Monday-Friday, except July 4, until Aug. 22. Breakfast: 8-9 a.m.; lunch: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

•Harvest Fellowship, 438 Gray Bridge Road, Shallotte; open Monday-Friday except July 4, until Aug. 22. Breakfast: 8-9 a.m.; lunch: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

•Cedar Grove Baptist Church, 1229 Cedar Grove Road, Supply; open Monday-Friday except July 4, until Aug. 22. Breakfast: 8-9 a.m.; lunch: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

•Mount Zion Baptist Church, 7730 Mount Zion Church Road, Longwood; open Monday-Friday except July 4 until Aug. 22. Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

•“Champions for Change,” Boys and Girls Club, 705 North Lord St., Southport; open Monday-Friday except July 4 until Aug. 15. Breakfast: 8-9 a.m.; lunch: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

•Johnson Chapel AME Zion Church, 1882 Lincoln Road, Leland; open Monday, Wednesday and Friday except July 4 until Aug. 22. Breakfast: 8-9 a.m.; lunch: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.