Please contact Mickey Guzman or Christina Gonzalez at 978- 534-3145 to register your child. They can give you updates on specific locations for Summer Youth Program sites.
All meals provided by the Spanish American Center are free of charge and open to all school-aged children – (ages 5 – 18).
Last Year’s 2016 Report of Children Served:
“The Block Party was a huge success, with music, activities, a Moon Walk, presentations by the fire and police departments and Emergency Management Presentation, etc.
We hired 20 people to assist with the program and food preparation and hired 6 youth to gain work skills during the summer.
It was an amazing Summer and I am proud to say thanks to everyone involved in one way or another to have made this program possible.This allows us to combat and strive to alleviate hunger.
I also want to thank DOE, Project Bread, the Leominster CDBG program and Summer-Up for their continued support.” – Neddy Latimer, Director, SAC
Photos of the 2016 Block Party held to celebrate the conclusion of our 2016 Summer Youth Program:
Photos courtesy of SAC’s Sonia Rodriguez!
The final weeks of the Summer Nutrition Program are here!
Here, Congressman Jim McGovern of Massachusetts talks about his tour of summer meal programs for children – as you scroll down, I have highlighted in italics his comments about his visit here, to the Spanish American Center —
Congressman Jim McGovern
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) spoke on the House floor to highlight the success of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) national Summer Food Service program in providing healthy summer meals to low-income students in Massachusetts.
Congressman McGovern recently kicked off his 2nd Annual Summer Food Rocks Tour – including visits to Worcester, Leominster, Ware, and Orange – to raise awareness about the USDA program, which ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. This summer, USDA plans to serve more than 200 million free meals to children 18 years and under.
“For millions of low-income students, summer break isn’t as carefree as it should be. For these children, summer is a time of great uncertainty. During the school year, they have access to reliable, healthy school breakfasts and school lunches. But, when school’s out, these children – and their families – are often left scrambling to find enough to eat.
“According to Share Our Strength, a leading national partner on summer meals, 43 percent of low-income families say it’s harder to make ends meet during the summer, and they must budget an extra $300 a month for groceries when kids are home from school in the summer. For families already struggling to put food on the table, these can be daunting challenges.
“Only 1 in 6 students that gets a free or reduced price school meal receives a summer meal. As we consider the next Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill, we need to ensure that all students who are eligible for school meals have access to free summer meals. And, that states and local communities have the funding and resources they need to reach all eligible children.”
“Summer should not be a time of increased hunger among our children.” . . .
“Then, we were off to the Spanish American Center in Leominster, Massachusetts, where we were hosted by the Center’s Executive Director, Neddy Latimer. We participated in a roundtable discussion on the successes and challenges of the summer meals program. We then had the opportunity to tour the Center’s newly constructed kitchen and serve lunch to an enthusiastic group of children.”