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Location Changes to Charles Co. Summer Food Program for Children

LA PLATA, Md. (July 14, 2011)—Changes to locations offering the summer lunch program, sponsored by Charles County Public Schools in partnership with other county agencies, have been made due to low participation. As of Wednesday, July 13, the following locations will no longer serve lunches:

-- William B. Wade Elementary School;

-- Matthew Henson Middle School; and

-- La Plata High School.

An additional location at C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School is now serving lunches from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. until Aug. 19.

The program ends on Aug. 19 at all locations unless specified below and is free for children and provided by multiple Charles County agencies and organizations, and through the Federal Meals program.

Lunches are served Monday through Friday and times and locations vary. The following sites are participating in the program at the times listed:

-- Henry E. Lackey High School, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.;
-- Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and
-- Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Lunches will be offered at the following sites from June 27 through August 5:

-- Mattawoman Middle School, 11 a.m.; and
-- Milton M. Somers Middle School, 1 p.m.

Additionally, the program will be offered at the following sites:

-- Lighthouse Baptist Church, 11:20 a.m.;
-- Lancaster Community Center, 11:30 a.m.;
-- Oak Grove Baptist Church, 11:30 a.m.;
-- Huntington Community Center, 11:45 a.m.;
-- Elite Gymnastics, 12 p.m.;
-- Trinity Baptist Church, 12:20 p.m.;
-- Zion Baptist Church, 12:30 p.m.;
-- New Community COGIC Annex, 12:45 p.m.;
-- Bannister Community Center, 1 p.m. and
-- Phoenix Run Partnership Office, 1:15 p.m.

Any child between the ages of three and 18 is eligible to receive a lunch at one of the sites. Lunches are prepared by the Charles County Public Schools Food Services department and may consist of a sandwich, fruit, vegetable and milk, and will vary each day of the week.

Children receiving lunches at the school sites will be served along with those participating in summer camps through Charles County Parks and Recreation. These sites are staffed by Parks and Recreation, and LifeStyles Inc. of Maryland is providing volunteers and program support at several locations.

Limited Van Go passes for transportation to and from camp locations are available. Call 301-934-7383 or 301-609-9900 to obtain a pass. Homeless children, identified by Charles County Public Schools and the Department of Social Services, who are 12-years-old and older and are a CCPS student, are eligible to receive free pool passes.

County agencies involved are the Charles County Department of Health, Charles County Parks and Recreation, Charles County Public Library, the Charles County Departments of Community Services and Social Services, LifeStyles, Inc., and the Local Management Board.

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