Monroe Campus gives out hearty meals for kids
Pocono Mountains Hunger Coalition of Monroe County United Way has partnered with Northampton Community College (NCC) to bring no-cost meals to children ages 18 and under at the NCC Monroe Campus. The partnership between the Coalition and NCC is intended to supplement food sources in a healthy, resourceful and educational way in addition to stressing the importance of nutrition and the effect of hunger on vulnerable populations, such as youth, in the community.
Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. in the Pocono Hall Food Court, and a hot lunch is served from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. at the same location, Monday through Thursday. A bagged lunch is also provided on Fridays. This is open to all kids 18 and under in Monroe County with no eligibility requirements. Children enrolled in NCC's Horizons for Youth summer programs at the college can also take advantage of the free meals, with many using the program last year.
"The program has probably doubled in size from last year," says Dee Raneri, associate director of community education at NCC, with much enthusiasm.
This is the second year NCC has been involved with the free lunch program in Monroe County. It started June 10 and will run until August 9.
"Parents and kids both seem to love the program. It’s one less thing parents have to worry about and know their children will be fed a nutritious hot lunch. We can even make accommodations for gluten free and vegetarian diets, and we have provided soy milk for children with a dairy allergy," says Raneri.
Watch this short piece from PBS39 to find more information about this program and NCC's efforts in serving the county's children.