Summer food and summer fun

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By Amy Wallot
amy.wallot@education.ky.gov

It was a fun day at the park recently for some Lexington kids from The Children’s Spot Daycare. They played at the park, signed up for a library card, had lunch and were part of the Kentucky Summer Food Service Program kickoff press conference.

This was a really enjoyable assignment. The kids were having a great time and the adults were clearly enjoying themselves as well. It’s also wonderful to be at events that involve so many partners and community members.

Calling Kentucky’s children the best investment Kentucky has, First Lady Jane Beshear encouraged people and organizations to sponsor a site or volunteer with the program.

“We’ve been working on a number of efforts to engage children in the environment they live in,” she said.

If you would like to volunteer in some capacity, please contact Michael Sullivan with the Division of School and Community Nutrition with the Kentucky Department of Education, Michael.sullivan@education.ky.gov, or by phone, (502) 564-5625, ext. 4930.

To locate a feeding site, call the National Hunger Hotline at (866) 3HUNGRY or (866) 348-6479.

Northern Elementary School (Fayette County) 1st-grade student Christian Murillo during the Summer Food Service Program kickoff at Castlewood Park in Lexington. Photo by Amy Wallot, June 11, 2014
Northern Elementary School (Fayette County) 1st-grade student Christian Murillo during the Summer Food Service Program kickoff at Castlewood Park in Lexington.
Photo by Amy Wallot, June 11, 2014
Deanna Tackett, Director of the Division of School and Community Nutrition for the Kentucky Department of Education, jumps rope with kids before lunch. Photo by Amy Wallot, June 11, 2014
Deanna Tackett, Director of the Division of School and Community Nutrition for the Kentucky Department of Education, jumps rope with kids before lunch.
Photo by Amy Wallot, June 11, 2014
Hannah Mabson, a 2nd-grade student at Veterans Park Elementary School (Fayette County) applauds First Lady Jane Beshear during the press conference. Photo by Amy Wallot, June 11, 2014
Hannah Mabson, a 2nd-grade student at Veterans Park Elementary School (Fayette County) applauds First Lady Jane Beshear during the press conference.
Photo by Amy Wallot, June 11, 2014
Between activities, students stopped for lunch. Photo by Amy Wallot, June 11, 2014
Between activities, students stopped for lunch.
Photo by Amy Wallot, June 11, 2014
Lexington Public Library Village Branch manager Betty Abdmishani signs kids up for library cards and hands out summer reading logs. Photo by Amy Wallot, June 11, 2014
Lexington Public Library Village Branch manager Betty Abdmishani signs kids up for library cards and hands out summer reading logs.
Photo by Amy Wallot, June 11, 2014
After lunch, hula hoops and bubbles were available to play with. Photo by Amy Wallot, June 11, 2014
After lunch, hula hoops and bubbles were available for children to play with at the kick off.
Photo by Amy Wallot, June 11, 2014

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