Lake Charles summer food service program begins - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Charles summer food service program begins

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Red beans and rice, collard greens and sweet potatoes.  A fairly nutritious and delicious lunch these kids at Washington Marion High School are eating in part with the Lake Charles food service program which officially kicked off for the summer on Monday.

"We provide meals for children... individuals who are 18 years of age and under" said Assistant Program Director, Johnnie Mouton.

The program has been in operation for over 30 years and aims to bridge the gap of nutritious eating.  Continuing that trend during the summer months when school is out.

"When school closes in May and then opens in August, we provide nutritious meals" said Director Esther Vincent.

The food services program seeks sites around the city where there are schools, camps or communities in need- for whatever reason- of hot nutritious meals.

The Washington Marion High School is one of them... and also serves as one of two central kitchens in the program- cooking, packaging and transporting meals to the 21 sites around Lake Charles.

"We do have 21 identified sites," said Mouton.  "Times of serving would vary based on the site where you would be visiting".

Vincent says that identification process is made blind to economic or racial background.

"This is a state requirement that we don't look at background" she said.

Those who have been around the program, like Patsy Reeder of Drew Park, the program isn't just for summer camps and groups.  It's the perfect answer for those who may not have any meal to eat.

"It not only helps us but it helps the children in the community who might not get a meal in the day" she said. 

A full list of serving sites are below:

Please call the Summer Food Service Program at (337) 491-1270 for details:

F.K. White Middle School, 1000 E. McNeese St.; breakfast, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and lunch, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.*;

Foreman Community Center, 215 Albert St.; breakfast, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch 11 a.m. to noon;

Goosport Community Center, 1619 Cessford St., breakfast, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.;

Hillcrest Recreation Center, 2808 Hillcrest Dr.; breakfast, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.;

LaGrange High School, 3420 Louisiana Ave.; breakfast, 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and lunch, noon to 1 p.m.;

Lloyd Oaks Community Center, 661 Dixy Dr.; breakfast, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.;

Martin Luther King Community Center, 2009 Simmons St.; breakfast, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.;

Meadow Park Housing, 2400 Anita Dr.; breakfast, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.;

Oak Park Elementary School, 2001 18th St.; breakfast, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.;

Pearl Watson Elementary School, 1300 5th St.; breakfast, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and lunch, 11 a.m. to 12 noon;

Fairview Elementary School, 3955 Gerstner Memorial Dr., breakfast, 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and lunch, 11 a.m. to noon*;

Washington-Marion Magnet High School, 2802 Pineview St.; breakfast 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.;

Carver Court, 1409 St. Mary Dr.; breakfast, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch, 11:00 a.m. to noon;

Lake Charles Boston Academy of Learning, 1509 Enterprise Blvd.; breakfast, 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and lunch, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.;

College Oaks Recreation Center, 3518 Ernest St.; breakfast, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch, 11 a.m. to noon;

Mike Lanza Community Center, 609 Sycamore St.; breakfast, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.;

Columbus Circle Recreation Center, 3520 Greinwich Blvd; breakfast, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and lunch, noon to 1 p.m.;

Jessie D. Clifton Recreation Center; 2415 E. Gieffers Street; breakfast, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.;

Jericho Youth Center, 1120 W. 18th Street; breakfast, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; and lunch, noon to 1 p.m.;

J. D. Clifton Elementary School, 100 N. Prater St., breakfast, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch, 11 a.m. to noon*;

Wiley B. McMillan Community Recreation Center, 343 Goos Street; breakfast, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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