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Registration under way for free summer lunch program

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TELL CITY – Plans are being finalized for a summer lunch program that will provide all children under the age of 18 free lunches. William Tell Elementary Principal Laura Noble announced the program last month but did not have plans for a site finalized.

Evangelical United Church of Christ’s Fellowship Hall will serve as the base of operations for the June 6 to July 29 program. Hours will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A registration form appears below, along with tentative information on bus pickup points that will transport children who live more than a mile or so from the church.

Planned pickup points include Sulphur Springs near Cannelton, Burglen Hills, several city parks and Troy’s post office.

School officials hope students living close to the church will walk or bike to the site.
The program is in place for five years, Noble said, and comes with no income restrictions, meaning every child wanting to participate can.

Meals will be served Monday through Friday. Up to two adults may eat with each child at a cost of $2 per lunch.

Also planned is an afternoon open-gym program at William Tell Elementary School. Details on the gym program, as well as summer menus and bus pickup times, will be published as they become available. The Schergens Foundation provided $4,500 to help with transportation costs and other expenses.

A Perry County Power of Youth grant for $4,500 is helping to fund the summer open-gym program.