MASON COUNTY — Over 60 children were provided with food on the first day of the free lunch program this week at the Mason County libraries.
The Point Pleasant, New Haven and Mason library locations are providing the lunches to children through the ages of 18 years, regardless of their parents’ incomes. The lunches are in conjunction with the summer reading program, “Build a Better World.”
Children have seven lunch choices this year, including Smuckers Uncrustables peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and turkey lunchmeat sandwiches, which are both new to the local program. The sack lunches served last year are back as well, and include sun butter and tortilla, barbecue chicken salad and crackers, meat and cheese sticks, regular chicken salad and crackers, and Wow Butter and tortilla.
Wow Butter is a peanut butter alternative that is free of peanuts, tree nuts, gluten, dairy and eggs. It is soy based.
Side dishes offered with the entrees vary from applesauce and sunflower seeds, to trail mix, corn chips and string cheese, among others. Juice comes in every meal, and children have their choice of white or chocolate milk.
Lunches are served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each weekday.
Children are also taking advantage of the summer reading program at all three library locations.
Legos and other building materials will be highlighted. There will be crafts, building stations, games and special activities. Visits from special people in the community who help make our world a better place are also planned.
Participants in the reading program will also have the chance to win four tickets to Kings Island at summer’s end. Each time a child visits the library, he or she will be entered into the drawing.
Summer hours at the libraries include:
Mason – Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The phone number is 304-773-5580.
New Haven – Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone number is 304-882-3252.
Point Pleasant – Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The phone number is 304-675-0894.
Assisting at the libraries for the summer will be older residents from the Foster Grandparent program, as well as local students who will receive community service hours.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at email@example.com.