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Summer feeding program in full swing, off to successful beginning

June 24, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The We Care Committee (WCC) is in the midst of its summer feeding program for children ages 1-18 in West Point, Starkville, Grenada and Columbus.
The program began June 1, and WCC President LueZarah Robinson said, thus far, it is going well. She said the program has had a good turnout, but WCC is still looking for more kids to come out.
The feeding program will run every weekday until Aug. 1, and breakfast and lunch is provided. WCC serves breakfast from 9-9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m at the LueZarah Robinson Healthcare Services building at 826 Highway 45 North in West Point.
“We serve healthy meals, and it’s for needy children but also for any child,” Robinson said. “Any child that comes up, we can feed them.”
WCC West Point Site Supervisor Carla Foster said the feeding program serves about 60-65 kids per day, and about 150 different kids each week.
“Everything has worked pretty smoothly,” Foster said. “As long as the kids are happy and eating healthy, I’m good.”
Foster said WCC is looking to open another site for the summer feeding program on Chandler Road in Pheba, and that it should be up and running next week.
Clay County Community Counseling Services Children’s Mental Health Therapist Shannon Miller said the program is very good for the kids in the summer time.
“The kids get to have nutritious meals,” Miller said. “The atmosphere is very pleasant, and it’s just a good environment for them to be in.”
Foster said every few weeks, WCC puts on a “fun day” for the kids with a guest speaker. She said firefighters from the West Point Fire Department visited with the kids last week.

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