STEUBENVILLE — City Mission Ministries is getting ready to get its Cell Summer season Meals Pantry on the street for a 3rd 12 months, prepared to achieve as many as 300 youngsters on a weekly foundation.
Set to kick off Friday, the MSFP will function as a 10-week free program out there to youngsters ages 1 to 18 on Fridays by means of Aug. 12, defined Cynthia Lytle, City Mission’s program and group growth director.
The cellular pantry will function on a first-come, first-served foundation on the following stops:
– Ridgewood Place Flats, Wintersville, 11:30 a.m.;
– Briarwood Flats, Wintersville, 11:55 a.m.;
– Elmer White Household Models, North Finish, Steubenville, 12:25 p.m.;
– Heritage Place Flats, Market Sq., Steubenville, 12:45 p.m.; and
– Earl Rogers Plaza, South Finish, Steubenville, 1:10 p.m.
Occasions range for every pantry cease, and fogeys and kids might be requested to test supply occasions for the closest pantry cease, Lytle famous.
Meals objects for the cellular pantry are made out there by means of partnerships with the Mid-Ohio Meals Collective, together with different group contributions and sponsorships. Funding for the cellular pantry is supplied by the United Methodist Appalachian Ministry Community and the Basis for Appalachian Ohio, in keeping with Lytle.
Volunteering, giving financial donations or offering in-kind donations of “kid-friendly, individually wrapped meals objects” are methods the group can become involved, famous Lytle, who could be contacted for data or questions at (740) 282-8010 or go to urbanmission.org.
“Becoming a member of the City Mission on the Cell Summer season Meals Pantry route this 12 months might be our pals from the Sycamore Youth Heart, the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County Bookmobile and Household Restoration,” Lytle defined, noting Sycamore got here alongside the mission’s MSFP final 12 months.
Along with becoming a member of the cellular pantry route, the Sycamore Youth Heart headed by Director Bobbyjon Bauman might be serving meals/meals out of its location at 301 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, each Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For data on the Sycamore Summer season Meals Program, contact Bauman at (740) 409-2692 or go to sycamorecenter.com.
Sycamore’s presence with the MSFP includes “giving out totally different meals that the youngsters can eat that day in addition to meals they will eat over the weekend when the native colleges won’t be serving meals.”
“We might be partnering with the City Mission on this in that each teams might be going to the identical websites to ship meals on the identical time in order that the folks will be capable to obtain the meals on the identical time limit every week and can get meals from each companies, though the meals might be totally different,” he famous. “Sycamore will give out shelf steady meals that youngsters can eat instantly whereas the mission will give out meals that may most frequently have to be ready.”
Bauman stated Sycamore workers met with library representatives Sarita Asawa and Jennifer Cesta “and we’re thrilled to announce that not solely will we be partnering with the City Mission but additionally the Bookmobile might be becoming a member of us on June 25, July 16 and Aug. 6 for our meals pantry stops in Steubenville and Wintersville.”
Dad and mom could have the chance to register their youngsters — and themselves if they need — for a library card, in keeping with Bauman. This may be executed on the bookmobile, and fogeys will want a type of ID and proof of deal with equivalent to a invoice.
The Bookmobile presence pleases Cesta, the library’s public relations coordinator.
“I feel it’s fantastic that the bookmobile might be at these stops and that we’ll be capable to register youngsters in addition to dad and mom for a library card in the event that they want to obtain one. That’s step one in getting books into their palms and introducing them to the library in the event that they haven’t already been there.”
The summer season meals program retains morphing into one thing extra, Lytle agreed, noting that final 12 months, “God blessed us with a van.”
“Final 12 months it was Sycamore’s first 12 months popping out with the City Mission so they’re coming alongside us once more after which Bobbyjon introduced within the library,” she stated. “And then you definately’re going to begin seeing Household Restoration popping out with us and see just a little little bit of the Jefferson County Well being Division so it’s further enjoyable for the youngsters and a few surprises, too,” she stated.
That brings into the combination assets intertwined with enjoyable, in keeping with Lytle.
The mission program has scaled again from two days every week to at least one because it was held on Wednesdays and Friday. “Thanks be to God there are people locally which are filling in some gaps this summer season.”
“We’re anticipating that first Friday to see wherever from 100 to 135 children. That’s how we kicked off final 12 months, however on any given Friday, we might see as many as 300, so we’re actually excited, and now we have large stops out in Wintersville,” Lytle commented.
In response to COVID-19, the cellular pantry will implement a number of well being and security procedures, together with:
– As an alternative choice to youngsters hand-selecting meals objects from the cellular pantry, all meals objects might be pre-packed and distributed;
– All MSFP workers and volunteers helping youngsters at pantry stops might be stored abreast on and cling to present face overlaying necessities.
– MSFP workers and volunteers will arrange line markers at every cease to aide individuals in sustaining a 6-foot distance whereas ready in line; and
– Hand sanitizer might be made out there to individuals at every pantry cease.