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Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA’s Summer-Long Food and Fun at the Park Program Returns Today - June 20th - with Free Lunches and Snacks

Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA’s Summer-Long Food and Fun at the Park Program Returns Today - June 20th - with Free Lunches and Snacks

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WILKES-BARRE, PA, 06/20/2022 – In an effort to combat child hunger, the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA will again provide the Food and Fun at the Park Program at five Wilkes-Barre City locations: The Gather Community Space at 97 South Franklin Street (starting June 27), the McGlynn Learning Centers at Boulevard Townhomes and Mineral Springs Villages, Coal Street Park and Kirby Park, Pavilion #3. Food and Fun at the Park will also be providing lunches, snacks and activities at the Duryea Community Park and Jefferson Park in Pittston, and behind the White Haven Community Library. 

Many children nationally rely on free or reduced lunches during the school year, posing a dilemma to economically-challenged families during the summer when access to these lunches end. This year may be especially challenging due to the high cost of food. Studies show one in seven children may not know when their next meal will be. 

The program will begin June 20th and will be in session Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m., until August 12th, with food service starting at 11:30 a.m. Park programs are cancelled if it is raining, and on July 4th. The Gather Community Space at 97 South Franklin Street will provide an indoor program that will be open every day including during rainy days beginning the following week (Monday, June 27th). Families are invited to sign children up for programming and lunch from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily at the site, with 24 spaces open on a first come, first-served basis. 

By partnering with several organizations, the Y will provide nutritious meals and fun learning activities for children to take home and enjoy all summer long. Mt. Zion Food Services is providing meals for most of the sites, local organizations and municipalities are providing the sites, and the Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board and PA Career Link are providing summer park assistants. Park site supervisors are experienced college interns funded by multiple sources including YMCA of the USA. The program is funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant via the City of Wilkes-Barre Health Department. 

Food and Fun at the Park serves children in kindergarten through 12th grades. Preschool children are welcome, but must be accompanied by a caregiver over the age of 16. Activities will be available before and after food service.

Food and Fun at the Park will be held at the following sites: 

• McGlynn Learning Center at Boulevard Townhomes, 72 Midland Court, Wilkes-Barre 

• McGlynn Learning Center at Mineral Springs Village, 233 Eastview Drive, Wilkes-Barre 

• GATHER Community Space: 97 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre at the First Presbyterian Church. This site can serve 24 youth on a first come, first served basis. Program starts following week on June 27th 

• Coal Street Park, 38 Coal Street, Wilkes-Barre • Kirby Park Pavilion #3, 160 Market Street, Wilkes-Barre 

• Jefferson Park, New Street and Cornelia Street, Pittston 

• Duryea Community Park, Washington Street, Duryea 

• White Haven Community Library, Rear, 121 Towanda Street, White Haven 

To learn more about Food and Fun at the Park, visit www.wvymca.org or call the YMCA at 570- 823-2191. 

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