Salisbury-Elk Lick school district Superintendent Joe Renzi discussed a free summer lunch program with the school board Wednesday night. The program will be provided at various churches.
Renzi, who is a member of the Salisbury-Elk Lick Wellness Committee, said he believes it’s important to provide help with good health and decision making.
“I’m glad we have such an active community that’s involved with programs like this,” Renzi said after the school board meeting.
This is the first time the school is participating in the free lunch program.
Pastor Ingrid Chenoweth, St. John’s Lutheran Church, said this program exists to help children and families in low income areas. It is meant to provide nutritious lunches throughout the summer months.
“If families rely on free- or reduced-lunches during the school year, the summer months can be a tough time for these families,” Chenoweth said. This program is funded through the federal Department of Education
St. John’s will begin serving meals to children from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting June 6.
Chenoweth said the church will have indoor and outdoor activities, such as flag football and ping pong for children to play during the day.
“Our hope is that many kids come to have fun and be with friends in a safe and supervised environment,” Chenoweth said.
Renzi also talked about the school’s wellness fair, which was held Tuesday during school.
The fair brought people from community services, such as Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center and Salisbury Dental Center, to discuss important health issues with the children. This is the fair’s third year.
Renzi said the fair is educational, but more importantly it’s fun for the students.
Churches participating in the lunch program include: Zion Lutheran Church, 355 Center St., Meyersdale; St. John’s Lutheran Church, 104 Union St., Salisbury; and Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church, 605 Center St., Garrett.
The lunch will be held at all the churches from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday’s and Thursdays from June 6 to Aug. 29.