Numbers up in City Schools summer food program

By Emma Rausch

Wabash City Schools’ summer food service program is yielding higher student counts, but program director Melanie Honeycutt said she would still encourage more youth to join.

“We’ve had higher participation at some sites and lower at some,” Honeycutt told The Paper of Wabash County. “We did a figure at the end of June and we’re up about 100 (youth attending).

“We would still highly encourage getting out and taking advantage of the program.”

The Wabash program kicked off on June 5.

Through June 30, Honeycutt reported 2,622 youth attended the program’s breakfast, 8,285 attended lunch and 404 attended dinner at approximately eight different sites.

Last year during the same time, 2,468 youth utilized the service’s breakfast program, 8,256 received lunch and 379 took advantage of the dinner option.

“We’re up probably an average of 50, but the rainy days … affect us a little bit,” Honeycutt said. “Overall, (the count) is basically the same. It’s up a little bit.”

Posted on 2017 Jul 11