With a grant from the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), area non-profit organizations are helping to ensure that Webster Parish children do not face hunger issues this summer.
Rural Communities Empowerment Coalition (RCEC) is one such organization.
“This program provides healthy meals to children ages 18 and younger, particularly those from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds,” said Mone’ Bryant Shyne, program director for RCEC. “With summer meals, children get the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow during vacation when they do not eat at school.”
Shyne said many summer food sites provide not just meals, but educational, enrichment and recreational activities that help children learn and stay safe when school is not in session.
RCEC is offering services including transportation, to children in the Sibley, Doyline and Haughton areas.
“(Last year), there was a great response from the parents and children in these areas for the food service as well as the recreational and enrichment activities we provided for them,” Shyne said. “We are also able to provide summer employment to some school food service workers.
“However, volunteers are still needed,” she continued. “Next year, if you are interested in hosting a site to help fill in the nutrition gap during the summer months for children in rural communities, please contact us.”
Contact Shyne at 208-9432.
Other area participants and their contact numbers include:
• Safe Haven Development Services, 294-2678
• Jonathan Washington, 465-5839
• Greater Horizon, 422-5094
• WAG Program, 972-921-2823
The federally-funded Summer Food Service Program is administered through the Louisiana Department of Education on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), therefore the services provided are non-discriminatory based on race, color, national origin, sex, or disability.