Greenville is getting national help in feeding hungry children n the summer who normally rely on schools for meals. The National Recreation and Park Association and the Walmart Foundation have given Greenville Parks and Recreation Department a $50,000 grant supporting its food service program.
Joy Cox, Community Programs manager says they’re working to increase the number of children they are feedling. “We’re trying to expand it by 20 percent and we’re trying to get out to the low income neighborhoods to find any kids that are willing to eat,” she says.
Cox says the department is implementing the program at its five community centers by serving breakfast and lunch, purchasing refrigerators and freezers and adding tables and chairs that will help to accommodate the increase of children.
Fifteen Parks and Recreation agencies received this funding to reach out to more low-income neighborhoods to try to see if they could feed more. We also was trying to have more after school snacks. We’re going to try to serve breakfast in the morning during the summer. And also the fact that this would be nutritious meals versus just junk food. Also trying to combat obesity problems, too.
Cox says that teaching proper nutrition is another large part of the program,
What we’re doing with this money is doing a few nutrition classes. Probably some hands on. What’s good foods to eat what’s good foods not to eat. You don’t always look at the cost, you try to find something healthy.
Cox says the city is working to increase the number of children fed in their community by 20 percent.
It’s almost, instead of just feeding during the school year, it’s almost 12 months out of the year that we try to reach as many kids as we can through the food program.
Greenville’s summer feeding program is available to all children living within the community center districts. For additional information www.greenvillesc.gov/ParksRec/CommunityCenter.