From MassLive, July 01, 2014
AMHERST — The Amherst Survival Center is going the extra mile this summer to feed low-income families with school-age children.
The center’s new program, called “Kids SUMMER Boost,” is designed to address the food insecurity many families face with the loss of school-based meals in the summer months. The boost will provide extra helpings of child-friendly and nutritious food in July and August.
In preparation, the pantry has ordered 1,056 cans of tuna, 1,200 bags of raisins, 600-plus boxes of cereal, and other family-friendly items.
The program will provide the equivalent of six additional meals to over 600 children, according to ASC Pantry Coordinator Shelly Beck, and help close the “meal gap” that can occur during school vacations.
Beck said when families come in for their BOOST foods, they’ll have a chance to learn about the center’s other services, including hot lunch, the free store, fresh food distribution and the free health clinic.
“Families with school-age children are always welcome to register for the food pantry, join us for lunch, and pick up fresh produce during the center’s open hours throughout the year,” said Beck.
The center is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with extended hours Thursdays until 7 p.m. Free hot lunch is served from noon to 1 p.m., prepared by volunteers. The Survival Center is closed on Wednesdays.
For more information on the Kids SUMMER Boost program or the food pantry, contact Shelly Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org or (413) 549-3968, extension 104.
The Amherst Survival Center is located at 138 Sunderland Road in North Amherst and can be accessed via PVTA bus.
Executive Director Mindy Domb thanked Amherst Pediatrics, the Rotary Club of Amherst, and individual donors for supporting the new summer boost nutrition program.