Free meals through the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula and US Department of Agriculture become widely available starting June 18 in Sequim and on June 20 in Port Angeles.
Last year, the Simplified Summer Food Program for Children through the USDA provided 23,839 meals to children in Sequim and Port Angeles and more than 5,500 afternoon snacks.
This summer, Sequim and Port Angeles will host six regular sites each for any children to continue receiving nutritious meals when school is not in session.
The clubs in Sequim and Port Angeles serve as site sponsors free meals that meet federal nutrition guidelines to children 18 and under.
Sequim sites open weekdays from June 18-Aug. 31, except the Fourth of July:
• Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St. opens for lunch from noon-1 p.m. starting June 15. Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. once school is out.
These Sequim sites offer lunch from noon-1 p.m. weekdays.
• Carrie Blake Community Park, 202 N. Blake Ave. (covered picnic tables)
• Elk Creek Apartments, 90 S. Rhodefer Road
• Greywolf Elementary, 171 Carlsborg Road
• SeaBreeze Apartments, 525 McCurdy Road
• Sequim High School, 601 N. Sequim Ave. (July 2-July 27, except the Fourth of July)
Sequim Food Bank officials plan to continue the Weekend Meal Program offering at least 120 bags each Friday between the sites except the high school. Families that can’t make it on a Friday can contact Stephen Rosales, food bank board president, at 360-461-6038 or 360-683-1205.
He said sponsors are still needed for the program, too, at about $1,000 a week.
Port Angeles sites open weekdays from June 20-Aug. 31, except the Fourth of July:
• Port Angeles Boys & Girls Club, 2620 S. Francis St. offers breakfast from 8:30-9:30 a.m., and lunch noon-1 p.m.
These PA sites offer lunch from noon-1 p.m. weekdays.
• Dream Park, 298-300 S. Race St.
• Evergreen Court Apartments, 2202 W. 16th St.
• Jefferson Elementary, 218 E. 12st St.
• Shane Park, 613 G Street
Lunch is available here from 11-11:30 a.m. from July 9-Aug. 2:
• Roosevelt Elementary School, 106 Monroe Road
With so many sites, Boys & Girls Club officials report 200-plus volunteers supported the program last year. To volunteer this summer, contact Mary Budke, executive director, at 360-683-8095 or firstname.lastname@example.org.