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June 18. 2013 9:12PM

Agencies to offer summer food service to Derry children in need

DERRY — Many young people who receive free or reduced lunches at school can have a harder time getting a balanced meal during the summer.

Once again this year, Southern New Hampshire Services and Rockingham Community Action are offering a summer food service program to Derry residents age 18 and under.

The program runs Monday through Friday from June 24 to Aug. 23, with the exception of July 4 and 5.

There is no preregistration required for the meals, which are provided without charge and are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

The meals must be consumed on site and will be offered at three locations each day.

Those locations are the Fairways Apartments on Forest Ridge Road from 4:15 to 5 p.m., Franklin Village on Laraway Court from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m., and Hood Park on Rollins Street from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

The Fairways Apartments meals are for apartment residents only, but the other two locations are open to anyone.

Anyone looking for additional information on the program can call 668-8010, ext. 6048, or visit www.snhs.org.

The locations where the federally funded USDA meal program are being held generally have a larger population of residents who meet the federal guidelines for free and reduced lunches.

In addition to the free suppers, the Salvation Army will once again be offering free lunches for those 18 and under on Tuesdays at the Fairway Apartments from noon to 1 p.m. and on Thursdays at Hood Park from noon to 1 p.m.

“We are happy to support this program and folks in our office have volunteered to spend some of their lunches helping out the canteen,” said school Superintendent Laura Nelson. “We realize many of our students really value this and benefit from it in the summer.”aswift@newstote.com


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