SUMMER-Lunch-ProgramLincolnton, NC – Learning does not end when the school lets out for the summer. Neither does the need for good nutrition. Millions of children depend on free or reduced lunches and breakfast for 9 months each year.

For many children, summer vacation exposes them to an increased risk of hunger and developmental delays. Lincoln County Schools  Summer Lunch Program, with the support from the  USDA, gives Lincoln County children 18 years old and younger an opportunity to receive at no cost a bag lunch ( consisting of a sandwich, vegetables, fruit and milk) began Monday, June 19th and continues through Friday, August 11th @ strategically placed meal sites at different locations through Lincoln County.

For a complete list of Lincoln County School Summer Lunch Program meal site locations, please contact 704-736-4301 or go online to www.lcsnc.org/Page/2940.

What makes Boger City united methodist church summer lunch program unique?

“There are a variety of things making Boger City United Methodist Summer Lunch Program unique to other Lincoln County School meal sites,” said Robert Tomlinson, BCUMC Summer Lunch Program Coordinator. “Over the past two years,  the number of children served at our church  summer lunch meals site had increased. We are anticipating the number of children (18 years old and younger) served to continue expanded due to children returning, to increased publicity campaign, and to our implementing a variety of weekly educational and entertaining programs.

In addition to feeding the children’s bodies, one of the greatest successes of our churches’ Summer Lunch Program has been to give each child a book to take home daily.

During the summer of 2016,  although lunch was served from 12:00 Noon to 12:30 pm at our churches Summer Lunch Program, we noticed children arriving with their parents earlier. As a result, we started showing free children’s movies from 11:30 am in our Fellowship Hall,” remarked Tomlinson.

“Due to the overwhelming positive response from children and their parents attending our 2016  churches summer lunch program meal site, we are planning to continue providing children an assortment of daily and weekly rewards including T-shirts, socks, dental hygiene products, and other surprises.

When adults accompany and remain with  their children to Boger City United Methodist Church summer lunch meal site located at 2320 East Main Street in Lincolnton, they  will receive a nutritious, healthy snack,” stated Tomlinson.

“Another destination between Boger City United Methodist Church Summer Lunch  meal site from other Lincoln County School Summer locations will  an assortment of free children’s movies, educational and entertaining programs will be held from 11:00 am to 11:45 am, Monday through Friday.

A partial list of educational, and entertaining programs include Conrad The Crawdad mascot of Hickory Crawdads Baseball Team, Schiele Museum Traveling Animal exhibit, Lincoln County EMS, NC Forestry Service, a local magician  performing his magic and representatives from various city, county, and state agencies,” proclaimed Tomlinson.

For more information and directions to the 3rd Annual Boger City United Methodist Church Summer Lunch Program, please call 704-735-7513.