McARTHUR — The St. Francis Center, a food pantry and clothing center in McArthur, has announced they will be participating in the Summer Rural Delivery Meals Program. The program, according to the Ohio Association of Foodbanks website, provides eleven shelf-stable and kid-friendly meals to over 2,000 children a week living with transportation and access barriers that limit their ability to attend other summer meal programs.

Children who meet certain income requirements and live in the county will have the chance to pick up free meals during summer when school is out of session.

Applications to the program will be handled on a first come, first served basis as there is a limited number of food boxes available each week. A waiting list will be created once spots have been filled. 350 spots are available.

The program lasts ten weeks and each participant will receive two free breakfasts and nine free lunches each week. Every food box will also have one 32 ounce container of shelf-stable milk.

Food boxes can be picked up by the child, a parent or guardian, or another adult who has been designated by the parent or guardian on the enrollment form. A note can be attached with the names of anyone able to pick up supplies. Pickups will take place every week beginning the week of June 7 and will end on August 8.

Meals can be picked up at the following places and times:

  • St. Francis Center: Wednesday 9 a.m. – noon
  • Ratcliffburg Friends of the Valley Church: Tuesday 9:30 a.m. — 11 a.m.
  • New Plymouth Township building: Tuesday 1:30 p.m. — 3p.m.
  • Wilkesville Community building: Thursday 9:30 a.m. — 11 a.m.
  • Zaleski St. Sylvester Church: Thursday 1:30 p.m. — 3 p.m.

The program has been made a reality through the support of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

Anyone looking to register for the program can reach out to the center at 740-596-5820. If pickup is not a possibility, delivery can also be arranged.

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