The program serves the community well, Bartlett said.
“The good news is the decision has been made to move forward. The program is back.”
In addition, Essex County participates in a U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program that is available Monday through Friday, July 8 through Aug. 16. At two sites, including Ticonderoga Elementary School, breakfast will be served 7:15 to 8:15 a.m., with lunch 11:15 a.m. to noon.
The breakfast and lunch program is not limited to children attending the recreation program, and there are no income limitations to qualify.
“Ticonderoga Central School has a number of free and reduced (price) lunches at the school, so we qualify for the USDA program,” Bartlett said. “That’s an added bonus to the Youth Program.”
Meals will be provided to all children 18 years and under without charge, he said, not just those enrolled in the summer program.
The program, on the same dates, will take place at Moriah Central School, 39 Viking Lane, and Champlain Valley Educational Services, Plank Road, Mineville.
For information on meals served at several closed sites, which require preregistration and are for children who meet certain income guidelines, call Essex County Community Resources at 873-3632.
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