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5/20/2020 12:44:00 PM
JCYF handing out kids' meals for it's summer food program
From left, Barb Galliher and Vicky Lacey, members of the Jennings County Youth Foundation, help first-year volunteer Mona Leach to prepare to hand out sack lunches for children at the JCYF office at 100 Webster St, North Vernon.       Staff photo by Phyllis McLaughlin
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From left, Barb Galliher and Vicky Lacey, members of the Jennings County Youth Foundation, help first-year volunteer Mona Leach to prepare to hand out sack lunches for children at the JCYF office at 100 Webster St, North Vernon.
Staff photo by Phyllis McLaughlin
In addition to local food banks, several programs are providing meals to adults and children this summer.

The Jennings County Youth Foundation is distributing meals for kids from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the parking lot next to its office at 100 Webster St. The distribution, which will be offered through Sept. 2, depending on whether school will reopen as planned, takes the place of the foundation's traditional meals program, which feeds children whose families qualify for the free-and-reduced lunch program at Jennings County schools.

Social distancing made necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the sometimes fatal disease caused by the novel coronavirus, brought the sit-down meals to a halt, said foundation President Casey Ernstes.

JCYF also is also provides food for programs operating at the First Baptist Church and for the Jennings County FLASH program, operating at the Country Squire Lakes clubhouse.

The foundation also supplies food for the NVE Latchkey program operated by Imagination Daycare, which distributes meals through a program at Decatur Mold.

Open distribution of sack lunches for kids at JCYF and the First Baptist Church is available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Additionally, the foundation provides food for the Jennings County FLASH program, which stands for Free Lunch All Summer, Hooray.

FLASH is distributing sack lunches for kids and food boxes for adults and families at the Country Squires Lake clubhouse from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

All residents are welcome to use either of the programs.

So far, 10 to 40 meals have been handed out at the Baptist Church daily. FLASH has distributed 30-35 meals and food boxes each day, reaching as many as 48 families on Monday, said Barb Galliher, who serves on the JCFY board and has managed the program since 2010.

"At most, we have served 25 meals each day," Galliher said, adding that the location seems to be overlooked. "We want people to know that we're here."





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