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Summer Meal Program begins Monday, June 30

new meal sites added! Kids under the age of 18 can eat breakfast & lunch free of charge

June 26, 2014

In an effort to reach more children who may go hungry during the summer months, the Monticello Central School District Food Service Summer Meal Program has more than doubled the drop off locations for breakfast and lunch this year. In addition to the seven food service sites that provide meals to any child under the age of 18, the District will also serve breakfast and lunch to two local day camp programs and the five locations that serve the District’s Summer Enrichment Programs.

Over a seven-week period, from June 30 – August 15, children under the age of 18 are eligible for the program, which is available at 14 locations. All meals must be eaten at the distribution site. New meal sites include the Bethel Town Park, Thompson Town Park YMCA Camp, Forestbugh’s Parks and Recreation Day Camp Program, and the Dillon Park Pool, among others (a complete list of locations is listed below). The Monticello Summer Meal Program is a part of the Summer Food Service Program, sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“The success of last year’s program made the decision to expand an easy one,” explained Monticello’s Food Service Director and Professional Chef Andy Yeomans. “There is a substantial need for the summer meal program in our community, so expanding the number of open sites, where any child under the age of 18 can just show up and eat, was critical. I wish we could provide meals at more locations throughout our district.”

This year the program has grown from nine to 14 food distribution sites. Both breakfast and lunch will be served, with the exception of the Dillon Park Pool location, which will serve lunch only. For the second year, hot food will be served for lunch and include fresh roast turkey with gravy and real mashed potatoes, fresh pizza, cheese burgers and more.
“Monticello continues to expand the program with the endorsement of the Board of Education, who is fully supportive of this highly utilized service,” explains Yeomans. “This year we know we’ll be serving breakfast and lunch to at least 1,500 children and that number is expected to grow as the summer progresses. That’s over 3,400 meals per day, Monday through Friday. If there are hungry kids out there, we are going to do everything we can to help feed them.”

Summer Meal Sites:

Breakfast is served from 8:30-9:30 a.m. (no breakfast served at Dillon Park Pool)
Lunch is served from12-1 p.m. at all locations

- Bethel Town Park (Old White Lake Turnpike, Kauneonga Lake)
- DeHoyos Park (9 Court Lane, Monticello)
- Dillon Park Pool (Dillon Rd., Monticello) – LUNCH ONLY
- Town of Forestburgh Parks and Recreation Summer Program (332 King Road, Forestburgh)
- Village of Monticello Housing Authority (76 Evergreen Drive, Monticello)
- Sleepy Hollow Housing Complex (5 Terry Lane, Monticello)
- Federation for the Homeless (9 Monticello Street, Monticello)

- Town of Mamakating Day Camp Program (operated by BGC) (Mamakating Rd., Bloomingburg)
- Town of Thompson Town Park, YMCA Summer Camp Program (179 Town Park Rd., Monticello)

- Conservatory at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (597 West Shore Rd., Bethel, NY)
- Monticello High School (39 Breakey Ave., Monticello)
- Project Excel Pre-School (22 St. Johns St., Monticello)
- Robert J. Kaiser Middle School (45 Breakey Ave., Monticello)
- Rutherford Elementary School (26 Patricia Place, Monticello)

Summer meal programs are free of charge and available to children under the age of 18. All meals must be eaten at the meal site; young children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, please call Chef Andy Yeomans at (845)-794-7700, ext. 10970.