June 28th, 2011 by Doree
The Seattle Human Services Department’s Summer Food Service Program will provide free meals and snacks for children 1-18 at about 90 sites across the city, including a couple nearby.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture funds the program, also known as “Summer Sack Lunch,” which runs from today through Aug. 26. The meals are served at sites where at least half the children are eligible for free or reduced price school lunches.
Thanks to a $225,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, the 2011 program includes several enhancements:
- Books! The Seattle Public Library will provide fun and educational programming, such as story times in five different languages. Free books will also be given to children at story time sites;
- Fresh produce: The Puget Sound Food Network will help provide bags of fresh produce from local farms for families to take home for the weekend; and
- Saturday sites: Several meal sites will offer lunch on Saturdays as a pilot project
Some of the meal sites offer the food program to children enrolled in specific activity programs, but the majority offer meals to all children 18 years old.
Summer Sack Lunch will be provided at Miller Community Center, at 330 19th Ave. East, from 12-1 p.m. Monday through Friday; and at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Avenue, from 12-1 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Click here to find the program site nearest you; and here for links to a calendar listing menus for every breakfast, lunch and snack.
Tags: Seattle Human Services Department, Summer Food Service Program, summer sack lunch, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Walmart Foundation
March 24th, 2011 by Doree
King County’s Aging and Disability Services (ADS) wants community input for its new Area Plan on Aging, which will guide its work from 2012-2015.
ADS is a division of the Seattle Human Services Department, and works with King County and United Way to improve the health and quality of life for seniors and adults with disabilities, connect them with resources, and provide support to caregivers.
ADS wants residents of any age to complete an online questionnaire.
We especially encourage people who are age 60 or older, adults with disabilities, and family caregivers to respond.
Responses from this questionnaire will inform development of strategies to promote quality of life, independence and choice for older people and adults with disabilities, which will be carried out over the next four years.
Everybody is aging, so everybody should care.
For more information about the Area Plan on Aging, contact ADS planner Karen Winston at 206-684-0706.
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