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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Summer Food Nutrition program kicks off Wednesday


The Summer Nutrition Program kicks off Wednesday
at Hannah Atkins Playground.


Plainfield's Summer Nutrition Program kicks off this Wednesday ()June 21) at Hannah Atkins Playground from 3:30 to 7:00 PM.

The program, offered in partnership with the Plainfield Public Schools, guarantees free delicious and nutritious meals for Plainfield youth to age 18 while school is out over the summer months.

Wednesday's kickoff will start the program in a festive atmosphere, with food, fun, games and more.

The City of Plainfield had nearly 8,000 eligible youths in 2016, with nearly 1,800 served in the program, second highest in numbers served in Union County. The aim is to increase family participation in 2017.

Part of the outreach effort is recruiting "Hunger Heroes", residents who agree to share the feeding site information on their social media accounts and by other means. Signups may be made at the Kickoff, with a free "Hunger Heroes" T-shirt to participants (while supplies last).

Recreation staff and volunteers will be doing a literature drop aon Thursday, June 22, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

The program, which is for all city children under 18, will operate in four locations:

  • Hannah Atkins Playground, West 3rd Street & Plainfield Avenue
  • Rushmore Playground, West 3rd & Rushmore Avenue
  • Seidler Field, North & Netherwood Avenues
These three will provide meals Monday through Friday, June 26 to August 18, with a snack at 2:30 PM and Dinner at 5:30 PM.

The fourth site is at City Hall, East 6th Street & Watchung Avenue, where the schedule is Monday through Friday, July 5 through August 11, with breakfast at 8:30 AM and lunch at 11:00 AM.

There is no registration paperwork or income eligibility.

For more information, contact the Division of Recreation at (908) 753-3097.


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