CSA outlines summer feeding program sites
by CHRISTY ARMSTRONG  Banner Staff Writer
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The Bradley-Cleveland Community Services Agency’s 20th year of its summer feeding program for children in low-income areas to ensure nutritious lunches even when school is out for the summer.

Under the program, children and teenagers under the age of 18 can visit close to 30 Bradley County locations on certain days and at certain times to receive meals at no cost to them.

The Summer Food Service Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the same federal agency that helps fund free and reduced-cost school lunch programs for students during the school year.

Jackie Westfield, programs coordinator at the CSA, said the program allows children who may not be able to receive meals at home to have the opportunity to have at least one nutritious meal a day.

Program sites are located in places ranging from churches to parks, and children need only show up to the location most convenient for them to partake in meals on the dates they are available there.

“We are really excited about some of the new sites we have,” Westfield said.

This year, the local agency is working with more “primary sites” which will serve meals all summer and do not generally have other activities happening at the same time.

Some sites just serve meals on certain dates. Westfield said children eating meals at sites that have specific activities going on may ask children not participating in those activities to leave after they eat. For example, a summer camp that costs money for children to attend would likely not let a child participate in anything but lunch.

The sites have to be located in areas where 50 percent of the children living tare eligible to receive free or reduced-cost lunches during the school year.

“If there are places that are interested, we will still accept sites,” Westfield said.

She added one aspect of the program people may not know about is that churches can be part of the program to serve free meals in conjunction with activities like vacation Bible school, if they are located in eligible areas.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner meals are available, and one site can serve up to two meals a day.

Dates and times for the meals vary, but the “primary sites” ensure there are locations serving meals all summer.

The following locations will have lunch available: 

—All Nations Church of God — 1600 Elrod St.: daily June 2 to Aug. 1 — 12 to 1 p.m.

—Charleston Elementary School — 8797 Hiwassee St., Charleston: daily June 3 to June 26 — 11 to 11:30 a.m.

—Cleveland City Schools ASU — Yates Elementary at 750 Mouse Creek Road: daily May 27 to July 31 — 12 to 1 p.m.

—Cleveland City Schools ASU — Blythe-Bower Elementary at 604 20th St. S.E.: daily May 27 to July 31 — 12 to 1 p.m.

—Big Spring Baptist Church — 1415 Hardwick St.: Wednesdays only May 28 to Aug. 6 — 5:30 to 7 p.m.

—Blythe Boys and Girls Clubs — 1075 Blythe Avenue: daily May 27 to Aug. 8 — 12 to 1 p.m. and 3 to 3:30 p.m.

—Church of God Sanctified — 741 1st St.: daily June 2 to June 6 — 6 to 8 p.m.

—Church of God Community of Hope — 3815 Tasso Road: daily July 21 to 25 — 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesdays only June 4 to July 30 — 7:30 to 8 p.m.

—Cleveland Community Center — 1334 S. Church St.: daily June 2 to Aug. 1 — 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

—Cleveland Family YMCA — 220 Urbane Road: daily May 27 to Aug. 8 — 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.

—Cleveland High School, in conjunction with sports camps — June 2 to June 27 — 9 to 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

—Cleveland Middle School — 3635 Georgetown Road: daily June 2 to June 19 — 9 to 9:30 a.m. and 12 to 1 p.m.

—Cleveland State Boys and Girls Clubs — 3535 Adkission Drive: daily May 27 to Aug. 6 — 12 to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.

—Durkee Road Daycare — 201 Durkee Road N.E.: daily May 27 to Aug. 1 — 11 to 11;30 am. and 2 to 2:30 p.m.

—Galilee Baptist Church — 665 Old Chattanooga Pike: daily June 9 to June 14 — 7:20 to 8 p.m.

—George Johnson Teen Center — 387 3rd St. S.E.: daily May 27 to Aug. 8 — 12 to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.

—Green’s Chapel Youth — 250 Urbane Road: Wednesdays only May 28 to Aug. 6 — 6 to 7:30 p.m.

—Horizon Square Apartments — 2324 Georgetown Road: daily June 2 to Aug. 1 — 12 to 1 p.m.

—J.O.Y. School — 433 N. Ocoee St.: daily June 17 to July 24 — 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.

—Lake Forest Middle School — 610 Kile Lake Road — June 2 to June 19 — 8 to 9 a.m. and 11;30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

—L.E.A.F. (Law Enforcement Academic Academy) — 1000 South Lee Highway: daily June 2 to July 10 — 12 to 1 p.m.

—Mosby Park — 264 Berry St.: daily May 27 to Aug. 8 — 12 to 1 p.m.

—Museum Center at Five Points — 200 E. Inman St. — daily July 14 to July 18 —11:30 a.m. to 12;30 p.m. and 2:30 to 2:45 p.m.

—Painter Unit, Boys and Girls Clubs — 841 11th St.: daily May 27 to Aug. 8 — 12 to 1 p.m. and 3:30 to 4 p.m.

—Pleasant Grove Baptist Church — 799 Inman St. E.: daily June 9 to June 13 — 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

—Powers Unit, Boys and Girls Clubs — 1204 Lay St.: daily May 27 to Aug. 8 — 12 to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.

—Prince Memorial AME Church — 254 Dooley St.: daily Tuesdays only May 27 to Aug. 6 — 6 to 7:30 p.m.

—St. James Cumberland Presbyterian Church —151 Short St.: daily June 16 to June 20 — 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

—Summer Splash Camp — 4001 Georgetown Road: daily June 2 to June 6 — 11:40 a.m. to 12 p.m.

—Taylor Elementary School — 5256 Bates Pike S.W.: daily June 2 to Aug. 1 — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

—Tucker Unit, Boys and Girls Clubs — 385 3rd St. S.E.: daily May 27 to Aug. 8 — 12 to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.

—Unity Center —685 Benton Pike: daily June 2 to June 27 — 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

—Valley View Baptist Church — 4657 Spring Place Road: daily June 16 to June 20 — 6 to 7:30 p.m.

—Walker Valley High School, in conjunction with sports camps — 750 Lauderdale Memorial Highway: daily June 2 to June 5 — 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and June 9 to Aug. 8 — 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

—Waterville Baptist Learning Center — 4555 Dalton Pike: daily June 2 to Aug 8 — 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and 12 to 1 p.m.

—Westwood Baptist Church — 4001 Georgetown Road: daily June 23 to June 26 — 6:30 to 8 p.m.

For more information, call the local CSA office at 423-479-4111.