In response to the increasing rates of hunger for children across our community, the St. Leo Food Connection is sponsoring the Simplified Summer Food Program for Children, which began June 20. The Food Connection is serving sack lunches and snacks at Summer Meals sites in Tacoma, Lakewood, Fife and Fircrest on weekdays throughout the summer.
Due to demand, several changes have been made in program sites and hours. See below for sites and meal service times.
“We know from the growth of our Backpack Program, which provides two days worth of food on Fridays to more than 600 children at numerous Tacoma and Clover Park Public Schools, that many children in our community are at risk of going hungry, and that this sad truth is only exacerbated during the summer when school breakfasts and lunches are not available for many of the children who rely on them during the school year,” said St. Leo Food Connection Director Kevin Glackin-Coley. “Last year we served more than 700 children daily throughout the summer, but we know that the need is even greater. With the program expansions that we are putting into place we anticipate that we will be serving close to 800 children on weekdays throughout the summer.”
Meals will be prepared daily at McCarver Elementary (2111 S. ‘J’ St., Tacoma) and then delivered to the various sites. The Food Connection is partnering with local agencies, including the Tacoma Housing Authority, Mercy Housing, Lakewood, Fife and Fircrest Parks and Recreation Departments, to maximize the number of children they are able to serve. In addition to funding from the USDA, this program is funded in part by the City of Lakewood.
Lunch and snacks will be made available at no charge to attending children 18 years of age and younger. All meals are available without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. If you believe you have been treated unfairly, you may file a complaint of discrimination by writing, USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA and the St. Leo Food Connection are equal opportunity providers and employers.
Tacoma Summer Meals sites
Free sack lunches and snacks for all children age 18 and younger
Bergeson Terrace, 5303 S. Orchard – lunch noon to 12:30 p.m.; snack 1:45-2 p.m.
Colburn Park, 5410 20th St. E., Fife – lunch 12:30-1 p.m.; snack 2-2:15 (Monday through Thursday only, closes Aug. 15)
Christ the King Church, 5410 20th St. E., Fife – dinner 6-6:30 p.m. (Wednesdays only)
Fircrest Community Center, 555 Contra Costa Ave., Fircrest – lunch 12:30-1 p.m.; snack 2-2:15 p.m. (Monday through Thursday only)
Guadalupe Vista, 1305 S. ‘G’ St. – lunch noon to 12:30 p.m.; snack 2-2:15 p.m.
Hillside Gardens, 1708 S. ‘G’ St. – lunch noon to 12:15 p.m.; snack 1:45-2 p.m.
Hillside Terrace, 2330 S. ‘G’ St. – lunch noon to 12:30 p.m.; snack 1:45-2 p.m.
McCarver Park, 2111 S. ‘J’ St. – lunch noon to 12:30 p.m.; snack 1:30-1:45 p.m.
Peace Community Center, 2106 S. Cushman Ave. – lunch noon to 12:30 p.m.; snack 1:30-2:45 p.m. (through Aug. 8 only)
Salishan, 44th and ‘R’ Street – lunch noon to 12:30 p.m.; snack 1:30-1:45 p.m.
Tyler Square, 3202 S. Tyler St. – lunch noon to 12:30 p.m.; sack 1:30-1:45 p.m.
Arrowhead Apartments, 10724 109th St. S.W. – lunch 12:30-1 p.m.; snack 2-2:15 p.m.
Greenwood 2 Apartments, 5529 Boston Ave. S.W. – lunch 12:15-1:15 p.m.; snack 1:45-2 p.m.
Laurel Gardens, 6503 150th St. S.W. – lunch 1-1:30 p.m.
Mobile Home Park, 3314 96th St. S. – lunch 12:30-1 p.m.; snack 2-2:15 p.m.
Sage Terrace Apartments, 3502 92nd St. S. – lunch noon to 12:30 p.m.; snack 2-2:15 p.m.
Springbrook Park, 12501 Addison St. S.W. – lunch noon to 12:30 p.m.; snack 1:30-1:45 p.m. (no snack on Friday)
Tillicum Library, 14916 Washington Ave. S.W. – lunch 12:15-12:45 p.m.;
Tyee Park Elementary, 11920 Seminole Rd. S.W. – lunch 11:30 to noon; snack 1:30-1:45 p.m. (through Aug. 23)