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Children feted at Summer Feeding Program finale

Sunday, July 31, 2011

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Sack races were among the games played by participants in the Summer Feeding Program's back to school party on Friday.
(T-G Photo by John I. Carney)
The Summer Feeding Program held each summer by Johnson Residential Homes held a back-to-school party Friday for its participants, marking the last day for the program this year.

The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, furnishes a nutritious lunch for kids during the summer, when some who are out of school may not have access to it.

Mamie Johnson of Johnson Residential Homes said she'd like to add tutoring and mentoring programs next summer, saying many of the kids served by the program have needs that go beyond just lunch.

On Friday, the kids played games, enjoyed a cookout meal of hamburgers and hot dogs, and were presented with backpacks filled with school supplies.

Local churches have helped provide transportation, either by offering the use of their church vans or by giving money for gas. Other churches have provided volunteers.

The newly-formed Boys & Girls Club of Bedford County has begun bringing its members to the feeding site as well.

Johnson said Amerigroup Insurance of Nashville is providing bags for the students in addition to the backpacks obtained locally.