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‘Kids Eat Free’ at Summer Food Service Program in Maplecrest Park

An official New Jersey Department of Education pilot program — working through the Township of Irvington in conjunction with the Township of Maplewood — will be bringing food for kids in need to Maplecrest Park this summer.

It’s part of an effort to combat food insecurity in children while school is out of session. “This benefits all of Maplewood, South Orange, and the surrounding communities,” Maplewood Deputy Mayor Frank McGehee told Village Green.

McGehee credited Maplewood Asst. Health Office Candice Davenport for shepherding the program which is open to any children 18 years and younger, as well as adult 19 years of age and over who participate in a public/private non-profit school program for the mentally or physically disabled.

The program starts Monday, July 15 and runs through Friday, August 9.

Breakfast will be available 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, and lunch at 11:30 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Breakfast and lunch are served until supplies run out — so get there early!

In addition, Shannon Cuttle, a member of the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education, says they hops to continue a program where snack bags are provided over the summer and and are available at Maplewood Memorial and Hilton Libraries “for hungry kids that use the library over the summer. Librarians can distribute as needed onsite. It really made a difference last year.” Stay tuned for details.

“As you know our SOMA Community faces food insecurity and often those facing food and even housing insecurity are invisible and a very important cause to me that I have worked with others [including the Parenting Center as well as Susan Bergin and Jane Perry of SOMA Justice Cougar Cares] to help combat,” said Cuttle.

The Maplewood Township contact for the Summer Food Service Program in Maplecrest Park program is Candice Davenport: [email protected]us.

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