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Summer programs address food needs

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A variety of resources are available in Yellow Springs for local residents facing food insecurity this summer.

Food Pantry services include:

  • Little Free Pantry, on Walnut Street behind First Presbyterian Church, available 24 hours every day.
  • Methodist Church Food Pantry, 202 S. Winter St.; open the second and fourth Thursday each month, from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Take-home groceries available during the Beloved Community Project’s monthly community meal, First Presbyterian Church, 314 Xena Ave.; June 23, July 28, Aug. 18 and Sept. 22, noon to 2 p.m.
  • Foodbank Mobile Pantry, John Bryan Community Center, 100 Dayton St.; June 26, July 24, Aug. 28 and Sept. 25, from 1 to 2 p.m.

Also, community meals are offered once a month, from noon to 2 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, under the auspices of the Beloved Community Project. Future dates are June 23, July 28, Aug. 18 and Sept. 22.

And a summertime free lunch program for youth 18 and younger is available three times a week in the Community Room at Yellow Springs Library, 415 Xenia Ave. The program, coordinated by the YS Food Pantry and Methodist Church, is open to all young people in Yellow Springs and Clifton; there is no income requirement. Lunch days are Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays until school starts in late August. Kids can eat in the library’s Community Room or take it to go.

The Ohio Department of Education also sponsors a summer food service program for children 18 and younger. For area locations, call toll-free at 866-3-HUNGRY, or go online to education.ohio.gov/KidsEat.

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