The children are back to school here in Worcester and another Summer Meals program season has come to a close. The Summer Meals Program began on Monday, June 27th and ended on Friday, August 19th, a total of eight weeks (39 delivery days). Like in previous years, we operated two separate routes which delivered prepared lunches to children all over the City of Worcester. These routes combined stopped at 31 different locations every day which included 4 large shelter complexes, 4 low income housing developments, 6 public playground/pools, and 17 scattered shelter sites. We averaged 1100 meals delivered each day of operations and the total meals served for the summer was 43,000. Many of the shelter stop locations were selected in collaboration with Friendly House, Central Mass Housing, and Catholic Charities.
Our Summer Meals program was supervised by Anji O’Malley, our Social Services Coordinator who did a remarkable job keeping the program flowing. In addition to Anji, our staffing for the program included our Kid’s FEAST employees, a few volunteers, and 10 teens affiliated with our BTG program who were hired by the City of Worcester for the summer and placed here as their work location. The BTG teens were assigned their duties by Anji O’Malley and supervised by Danny Diaz, our BTG director. Accepted Candidates Paul and Emily Leslie pitched in to help when needed. Paul was particularly helpful with making sure that the canteen and van were operational at all times.
Our volunteers included a day of service from two separate outside groups: students from St. John’s High School and youth group members from the Charlton Baptist Church who helped assemble the lunch bags and sandwiches.
I took a few photos on the route. I have them at home. I won’t publish them because they have children in the photos and they are taken outside of where they live. I also have photos of the staff assembling the lunches. I can send you the staff photos if you want. You can also pull some staff photos of the program from our Facebook page.
It is a blessing to be able to deliver meals to children all over Worcester. Many children depend on that meal and look forward to seeing the canteen truck pull up every day. We are grateful to those who make this program possible by their generosity.