The Town of Sidon kicks off today its summer feeding program for children.

The program is one of several throughout Leflore County, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, that are designed to ensure low-income children  continue to receive nutritious meals when school is out for the summer break.

“The meals are all prepared on site, and the grant pays for a supervisor, a server and the food,” said Sidon Mayor Johnnie Neal.

“It’s a really good program because many children in the summer, if their parents are at work, don’t get a nutritious meal at home or sometimes there’s no meal at all.”

Lunch at Sidon Town Hall, 104 Green St., will be served from noon to 1 p.m. every weekday until July 27.

These meals are available to all children aged 18 and under at no cost. Pre-registration is not required.

Neal said last summer Sidon saw about 50 kids per day at its summer feeding program.

Among the other food sites, the Leflore County School District since June 4 has been providing  breakfast and lunch at Leflore County High School and Amanda Elzy High School. On weekdays at both sites, breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon. The county schools’ program runs until July 19.

The Greenwood School District’s summer feeding program ran during most of the month of June, ending June 28.

The following other summer feeding programs are currently active in Leflore County or coming up soon:

•Girls Club and Learning Center is sponsoring a late-day meal, Monday through Friday, at the Hart Elks Club Lodge 640, 106 E. Scott St., from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The program goes through July 30.

•Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 601 Ave. E, will serve supper from July 9 to July 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

•Crosstown Complex, 1606 Main St., is serving lunch Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. until noon, through July 31.

•New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 726 Carrollton Ave., will serve an evening meal, July 9 to July 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

•The Summer Youth Sports Program at 101 Jackson St. is serving a late afternoon meal, 4 to 5 p.m., now through July 31.

•Greater Turner Chapel Church, 719 Walthall St., will serve an evening meal Monday through Wednesday, July 9 to July 11, from 7:30 to 8 p.m.

•Traveler’s Rest Missionary Baptist Church, 301 Rising Sun Circle, will serve dinner Monday through Friday, July 23 to July 27, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

•New Green Grove Church of Faith, 3001 Browning Road, will serve an evening meal Wednesday through Friday, July 10 to July 12, from 7 to 8 p.m.

•Living Witness for Christ Worship Center, 111 Grenada Lane, will serve lunch Wednesday through Friday, July 11 to July 13, from 11 a.m. until noon.

•Mt. Arratt Missionary Baptist Church, 10220 County Road 183, will serve dinner from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., July 9 to July 13.

•New Pillow Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 31 Meadowbrook Road, will serve dinner Monday through Friday, July 16 to July 20, from 7:30 to 8 p.m.

Contact Kathryn Eastburn at 581-7235 or keastburn@gwcommonwealth.com.

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